Angry Anderton throws a mental

Jim Anderton doesn’t like the blow torch of accountability being applied to him.

Progressive leader Jim Anderton has launched an extraordinary attack on the Electoral Commission for referring him to police for a possible breach of the Electoral Act.

The referral follows a complaint, brought by right-wing blogger WhaleOil, about a letter the Wigram MP sent to voters endorsing the Labour candidate Megan Woods in November’s election.

If found guilty, Mr Anderton could face a fine of up to $40,000.

But Mr Anderton, who was referred to police over election advertising before the 2008 election, said he had done nothing wrong.

“Nonsense, rubbish, waste of time, waste of police resources, waste of space. It’s just as ridiculous as the referral I had to police at the last election. They threw it in the bin then and they’ll do it again now.

“I’m authorised to send my constituents any message I damn well like. This is my electorate.

“And if the Commission wants to start stopping electorate MPs from communicating with their electorate, they’d better get prepared for a breach of privilege complaint, because that’s what it amounts to.

They are interfering with the regular work of an MP.”
The man is deluded. He clearly doesn’t know the law, can’t follow logical progression of facts and better start saving his pennies. The only thing that concerns me is that the Police are actually woefully ill-prepared to actually investigate let alone understand electoral law so they will probably just kick everything to touch.
We seriously need to look at how electoral law is enforced because if there isn;t a single prosecution from all the complaints that have been referred then one could surmise that the law is in effect toothless and that there is actually nothing stopping political parties continuing to break the law with no fear of prosecution.
Meanwhile I’ll just enjoy in succeeding in winding up Anderton yet again.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.