Electoral financing reform, when Labour do it, it's the end of western civilization as we know it. When National do it, not a whisper
Government backtracks on electoral finance law
Political parties have finally reached a consensus on electoral finance laws with both sides compromising on public disclosure of donations and spending caps on lobby groups.
The electoral finance act was held up when Labour attempted to stop the rich from simply buying elections as the worst assault on democracy ever attempted in NZ. It was up there with water saving showerheads, power saving lightbulbs and the repeal of section 59 as proof that the politically correct stormtroopers of the dykeocracy were kicking in the front door to molest our pets.
So National have just passed electoral finance reform but I can't see well heeled angry white people on the streets? Hell the Herald ran campaign after campaign after campaign against the MP's who voted to stop the rich from buying our elections, yet now National pass it and not a whisper.
Labour set the limit for third parties at $120 000, National have set it at $300 000 - who coulda thunk that such opposition when Labour attempted to reign in the rich would dissipate so quickly now the lovely smile and wave John Key passes it.
Perhaps along with water saving showerheads, power saving lightbulbs and the repeal of section 59, the electoral finance act was simply a massive beat up by the right wing to kick Helen Clark out of power.
Nice to see the reactionary right are as intellectually shallow as they've always been.