Once again Labour has been referred to the Police for breaking the law over political advertising. They are overtly campaigning on the public purse.
Meanwhile former Labour party General Secretary Mike Smith has a bit of a whinge at The Standard but helpfully gives out some very good ideas that National should move to implement after the election.
It is no accident that as right-wing parties have come into government they have moved swiftly to change the law on political donations. One of the first things on Steven Harper’s Conservative government agenda in Canada was to move to change the law to remove their public subsidy on election expenses. The first thing the Tea-party Republican-controlled House of Representatives did after the 2010 election was to repeal the law to provide public funding for elections.
Perhaps they could call the the bill The Mike Smith (Removal of State Funding of Political Parties) Electoral Reform Bill.
Labour has quietly lobbied in the backrooms since Adam was a little boy to extend state-funding of political parties. They don’t want to have to run cake stalls and chook raffles, they don’t want to have to ask the voting public for donations. They simply want to write cheques underwritten by the taxpayer to pay for their propaganda.
With Labour’s consistent law breaking the time is now to start the move to reform Parliamentary Services and to remove the backdoor stealth funding of all political parties.
If there is any whining about “democracy funding” then let there be state funding of political parties but only to those outside of parliament rather than keep rewarding incumbency.