Is Labour as guilty of taking money as National spin suggests?
I’ve just read the 17th June, 2005 report on Government and parliamentary publicity and advertising report written by the Auditor-General, KB Brady. Now as someone pointed out to me, “nowhere in it does it say anything has been updated it calls for the rules to be clarified (presumably with various committees coming together over some months) certainly no way it could be done prior to the election”
And I note in the report that there is a possible loophole here for Labour…
There is no guidance as to how this should be applied in the period before Parliament is dissolved. However, there is clear potential for MPs’ and parliamentary parties’ publicity and advertising activities in the weeks and months leading up to a dissolution to bring considerable party political benefit. That potential increases as political content is permitted in such publicity and advertising.
Until the final report is released, I think throwing around the word Corruption by National is very misleading.