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I pay for NZ Firsts election campaign

April 10, 2008

Thats right, I am paying money to help NZ First fund its 2008 election campaign.

But I am not doing so by choice. I am doing so because I am paying taxes to the Government, which are being stolen, legally or illegally, by NZ First, to fund its election campaign. A copy of its latest election advertisement, which appeared in the Dominion Post and possibly other newspapers can be seen here. It is an election advertisement.

Lets apply Annette Kings law of common sense. Is it an Election advertisement? The law (section 5 of the EFA) states anything that is “encouraging or persuading to vote … for 1 or more specified parties”. The specified party is NZ First, which has its logo, and picture of its leader on the advertisement, and the name NZ First is mentioned three times in the advertisement. It clearly statesNZ First policy, and why they hold those policies. The questionare at the bottom, designed to add a legal facade to the advertisement by asking people to send in their views on the issues, so disguising it as a questionare to consult people on the policies. Unfortunately for NZ First, the arguement that it is¬†a questionare¬†instead of an election advertisement is rather weak, as it seeks to persuade people (clearly by its language, i.e. “don’t you agree?”) to support those policies. It looks like an election advertisement, reeks of taxpayer funding like a NZ First or Labour election advertisement, and according to both the EFA, and law of common sense, is an election advertisement.

If it is election advertisement, then it is illegal, because it does not have the correct authorisation required by section 63 (2) (a) of the EFA. So NZ First has broken the Electoral Finance Act (which it voted for).


Comings and Goings

August 22, 2007

Two more MPs have decided to quit politics at or before the next election. Dianne Yates will be gone by Christmass, to take a new job (if elected) as a member of Hamilton City Council. She joins Paul Swain, Dover Samuels and Marion Hobbs (who are going next year) and Jim Sutton and Georgina Beyer (who have already left) and possibly more who will be anounced in future. The other MP going is Brian Donnelly from New Zealand First. He will take up a new post as High Commissoner to the Cook Islands. Although his appointment has been criticised as taking “the baubles of office“, appointing retiring MPs to diplomatic posts has a long history in New Zealand by Labour and National, and there is no logical reason why this shouldn’t extend to minor party MPs. There are few doubts he will do a good job if appointed.

A month ago, I commented that the real issue of these retirements was who is going to replace the people who are leaving. It turns out my fears are right. The next person on the list, who will enter Parliament next year to replace Yates, is Louisa Wall, a lesbian and Maori. In Wellington Central the two people trying to replace Marion Hobbs are Grant Robertson and Charles Chauvel, and they are both … you guessed it, Gay. What concerns me is not their sexual orientation, but that they are probably there as some minority quota, and socially liberal. Labour is now the social liberal extremist party (as well as the corrupt anti-free speech party). This is why they must be voted out.