"Bugger's Muddle"

Electoral Act move to cover backsides – 20 Mar 2008 – Politics: New Zealand Political News, Analysis and Comment including 2008 election coverage – NZ Herald

Taxpayer-funded advertising by MPs that is supposedly not electioneering will be able to carry authorisation as election advertising from party officials outside Parliament.

The move is designed to cover the butts of parties against prosecution under the controversial Electoral Finance Act, which could cover a lot of parliamentary material.

Well excuse me, I say fuck ’em. Why should our taxpayer money be used for electioneering? It surely must be electioneering if the authorised person’s details are on the documents.

Labour, especially, plus the smaller parties have caught themselves out with their own stupid law. Labour spent up large on our account prior to January 1 because they are dead flat broke. To not be able to use those tax payer funded brochures now would nobble their election plans.

If I was John Key, I would take the the high moral ground and reef another 5 per cent of Labour by refusing to use public funds for electioneering and tell the public that in repealing the Electoral Finance Act he will also pass a law forbidding the use of public funds for electioneering and requiring political parties to use only their own money.