John Roughan: Public debate needs more private money, not less

John Roughan: Public debate needs more private money, not lessWhen Helen Clark led Labour to power three elections ago I foolishly wagered a bottle of wine they would last just one term.
The bet immediately felt unfair and I tried to cancel it. The taker was too young to have seen how quickly…
[NZ Politics]

John Roughan explains why Labour has got it so wrong over the Electoral Finance Bill. It is because of vengeance.

[quote]As usual when governments legislate with a vengeance, the cure threatens to be much worse than the disease.[/quote] 

He concludes his article with an explanation that it is more private money that is needed, not less in pulic debate.

[quote]Students of politics, and all social sciences, ascribe far too much power to wealth, business and advertising because they are not familiar with it, and because they dare not otherwise explain why the left fails.

It is more palatable to blame the evil, selfish cunning of capitalism than the limited appeal of their own miserable, resentful, repressive social outlook.

We need more private money in public debate, not less. Not enough interested citizens like the seven foolish Brethren participate in elections before voting day. Their folly was to try to hide when they did so.

Disclosure is the only legitimate requirement. Otherwise, let anyone donate what they want, spend what they will, to speak to us. And credit us with the intelligence to hear it.[/quote]

Heh,  "miserable, resentful, repressive social outlook." Yep that about sums up most socialists.


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