David Shearer has let the cat out of the bag, Ratana are about to become Labour’s maori bitches once again:
Mr Shearer pledged last year to meet regularly with the Ratana movement.
Since then, he has hosted the church elders at Parliament and met them several times.
“So I am going up for the church service on Friday – for me that is the most significant day and it’s the day when people commemorate it.”
He said this week that Labour were also now in discussions with Ratana about whether it would become an affiliate of the party.
That would give it some influence over candidate selections and voting power in future leadership elections.
National should now shun Ratana, they have become a politically corrupt organisation. I’ll bet they are a registered charity as well…that needs reviewing too now they look set to become an affiliate of the Labour party.
Chris Finlayson, Judith Collins and new labour minister Simon Bridges need to sit down now and review electoral laws. They need to do it urgently.
There is no place in politics for affiliate memberships of political parties with special rights and privileges.
What needs to happen is for the law to change to prevent anyone other than natural persons from becoming members, affiliate or otherwise of a political party. The second thing that needs to happen is for the law around donations to change at the same time. That law needs to prevent any donations to political parties unless they are from natural persons. No corporates, no unions, no trusts, nothing but individuals.
These things are urgent, they need to be done to prevent an abuse of our democracy. It would be appalling if the Auckland Chamber of Commerce was abkle to become a member of the National party, and likewise if the EMA was too…but for some reason labour thinks it is perfectly above board to hand out memberships to affiliate unions and now a church based on a cult figure.