Labour is continuing to push hard on Judith Collins and her glass of milk. They need to…along with their attempt to get traction on the legal and declared Antoine’s dinner.
Mike Williams gave a hint over why they need this to take hold…and it isn;t so they can get hits on National. The reasons are far more venal than that.
Political parties need money to survive in non-election years and to flourish when election day looms. Unlike Australia, most European democracies and the United States, New Zealand has not instituted state funding of political parties beyond the broadcasting grant that pays for (and limits) television and radio advertising during an election campaign.
If parties want to support an administration, employ organisers and advertise anywhere other than radio and television, they must raise their own money.
Mike Williams and Labour have for years wanted state funding of political parties. When my father was president of the National party he had regular meetings with Labour’s presidents and other presidents where the topic of state funding would come up.¬† Read more »