Inventory at Keeping Stock has found an online ad placed by the Greens looking at hiring students to help them collect signatures in a petition. I wonder of any parliamentary services cash is being used for this?
…the Green Party, that last bastion of honesty and principle in New Zealand politics is paying people to go out and collect signatures for their petition against the Government’s Mixed Ownership Model, which they still misleadingly refer to as “Asset Sales”.
Two questions come to mind immediately; is it so hard to get people to sign this petition that the Green Party has to pay for people to accost members of the public and bully them into signing; rather like Scientologists do? And can the Green Party give us a categorical assurance that no taxpayer funds are being spent on this initiative?
With various opinion polls putting the Green Party in the mid-teens, you’d think that there would be plenty of Green Party activists willing to get out and do this as an act of service. But if nothing else this reinforces the perception that principles are just an abstract concepot to the Green Party, and that anything goes if the price is right; especially if someone else is footing the bill.