A dumb play from the Nasty Party

NZ Herald

The Labour Party wants to exempt trade unions from a bill to regulate lobbyists, saying unions are “less sinister” than professional lobbyists and corporates.

Labour MP Charles Chauvel has proposed an amendment that will exempt unions from Green MP Holly Walker’s Lobbying Disclosure Bill, which passed its first reading almost unanimously last week.

As I blogged yesterday the Nasty Party don’t need to do this. The deeply incestuous relationship between the Unions and the Nasty Party means that they don’t need lobbyists because there are so many unionists in the Labour caucus.

But now because of seriously inept drafting by Charles Chauvel everyone now thinks that Labour are beholden to the unions and their big money.

Worse though is how nasty Charles Chauvel gets when talking about business:

“When trade unions came up, it seemed to me that they fell on the not- quite-so-sinister-and-behind-the-scenes side of things.”

He said corporate lobbying had the power to change policy, and was often done on the quiet.

“There is a big public interest in knowing what corporates are doing because they can afford heft lobbying and hospitality, and research and all the rest,” Mr Chauvel said.

Looks like Charles Chauvel has single-handedly dried up Labour’s corporate donors, with the exception of corporate welfare adherents like Selwyn Pellett.

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