It’s good to have Prebble’s The Letter back. Â It contains little gems like
The Letter revealed that David Cunliffe was not the only Labour leadership contender to receive $1,500 from a prominent businessman.
The MP concerned has not outed himself.
Under parliamentâ€™s lax disclosure rules the statements did not need to be filed until 1 January and then follows three months when MPs can remember â€śgiftsâ€ť or simply change their declaration.
The Registrar has ruled that MPs who are not trustees but simply beneficiaries of trusts need not disclose gifts at all.
The filings are not public until 1 July.
You would have to be arrogant and reckless to think that you do not have to disclose that your leadership primary was financed by big business.
Does that sound like someone we know?
It was really ground breaking in the mid-to-late 90′s to have someone provide this sort of ‘soft’ political information direct to the voters. Â Especially when you remember that TV and newspapers hadn’t quite gone on the downward slide – yet. Read more »