Is Labour corrupt?

Labour's election plans, Vote Early and Vote OftenThe Labour Party is facing another corruption scandal and at the same time bringing their chosen candidate Len Brown into the murky midst of the corruption allegations.

We also have the ridiculous situation where Lianne Dalziel and Phil Goff say they support the the changes to the name suppression legislation and yet there is a candidate in the local body elections before the courts afraid of his own name, all while there is an election going on. The total irony of course is that “Patsy” Dalziel runs her own private name suppression against me by refusing to mention me or the name of my blog, instead calling it “that other blog”.

I would expect to see the Labour Party now trotting off to the high court in the morning seeking to lift the veil of secrecy that is now smearing every candidate in South Auckland and in particular in Papatoetoe.

Labour still has to apologise for supporting, to the bitter end, the career of Taito Philip Field, they have only so far acknowledged the verdict of the court. The court which found the former Labour minister and MP guilty of corruption and perjury. They only cut Field loose when he suggested he might go independent.

Though is it any wonder that Labour finds themselves in this predicament when their own leader (pro-tem) has authorised on their website a sign from the 70s suggesting to Vote…and Vote Labour again?

Labour and by default Len Brown have a real credibility issue in the final week of the campaign. They appear, by using weasel words and excuses to be aiding and abetting even more electoral fraud.

Labour stand accused of treating democracy with disdain, they have jacked up local selections, supported convicted corrupt politicians, used parliamentary resources to campaign on behalf of Len Brown, solicited funds using council emails (Bernard Orsman, bizarrely, even says he has seen no evidence of this) and now it appears to have actively cultivated a culture of corruption and vote rigging.

They need to do something really rather drastic to recover their shattered image. There is an old adage about Labour’s “get out the vote” strategy, and that is they like to get their people to vote early and to vote often. That certainly looks like the case here. All campaign the Labour and Len Brown spin weasels have been talking up their “get out the vote” strategy in South Auckland and just this week the media have been noticing that South Auckland appears to have voted early.

The spin weasels will be working over-time tonight for sure. The evidence has been building and has now become overwhelming that Labour has a systemic culture of corruption.

Are Labour corrupt? You bet they are.

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