Remember when the media breathlessly screamed the PM not only knew about a sexual assault but covered it up and then went really quiet on that insinuation? Yeah, well funny how everyone screamed NZ First had broken the law & now watch all the walking back on that claim.
New Zealand’s most undeservingly smug academic, Andrew Geddis, is leading the back down over on The Spinoff, where he acknowledges it all might be legal and Claire Trevett echos this in her column.
Look, I have no doubt that NZ First have shat all over the spirit of the law and the numerous examples of them stopping regulation for a number of primary industries speaks to the arraignment, but I would be very, very, very surprised if they have been stupid enough to break the law.
National who are currently in front of the SFO for dodgy donations and who used blind trusts like this for ages is in no position to lecture.
The real solution to kicking out corporate interests in politics is public funding of Parties. I think the arrangement should be that any Party not represented can raise funds to get into Parliament, but once there they get resources and funding to run election campaigning and fund all the things they need to do.
That way there can be no influence whatsoever over any policy for existing parties and if there is enough of a groundswell to get a new party in, that would create a dynamic tension.
As for NZ First, I think there are so many journalists who have an axe to grind with Winston that they can’t be objective when they think they smell blood. This will get investigated and most likely pass and the media will go in search of their next gotcha.