Newshub, who were earlier today trying to u-turn on a fake news story about an alligator were still able to get their teeth into Labour’s new high roller funding programs, the ‘President’s Club’. Here’s Lloyd Burr doing his best Paddy Gower impersonation with all the huff and puff of an asthmatic meth smoker..
The Labour Party has launched an exclusive secret society called The President’s Club for those who donate big bucks to the party.
It opened for business two weeks ago, with the primary role of luring in big cheques from wealthy Labour supporters.
It’s Labour’s version of National’s Cabinet Club, which sees exorbitantly-priced tickets sold for exclusive dinners attended by Cabinet ministers of the Crown.
Labour president Nigel Haworth says The President’s Club differs from Cabinet Club because Labour MPs aren’t involved, and aren’t used to lure in donations in exchange for access.
…who should really be freaking out about this is the National Party. For Labour to be setting up a high roller donor club there has to be demand and there would only be demand if the Business Community and powerful Auckland lobby groups thought Labour were going to be the next Government.
Labour have gone out of their way to bend over backwards to the Business Community by promising to never do anything that would ever make the Business Community unhappy – ever – and that is paying off dividends if that same Business Community now see Labour as a Party they can invest in.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that business are finally coming around to the Labour Party, after almost a decade of underfunding infrastructure, Auckland has ground into a gridlock that makes doing business near impossible. Labour’s direct investment position is far more palatable than National’s shrug and leave it the market approach.
Should voters be concerned Labour are being bought off in some way? Sure, those concerns are always legitimate, but the way Policy gets formulated in a Party with as many policy wonks as Labour has makes those sorts of games almost impossible to pull off without many people noticing the changes.
There are just too many passionate ideologues within the Party for that type of direct policy for cash switch to occur so I think voters can still be safe in the knowledge that while big business are knocking they can’t call the shots.