How corrupt is the National Party? Why twice as corrupt as we originally suspected…
The Serious Fraud Office prosecution of four people over donations to the National Party involves not one but two $100,000 donations – in June 2017 and June 2018.
Court charging documents released to the media by order of Auckland District Court Judge Edwin Paul today show that three of the four defendants – whose names are suppressed ahead of a hearing next week – each face two joint charges of deception over a sum of $100,000 donated to National in 2017 and $100,050 donated to the party in 2018. The maximum penalty if convicted on the charge is seven years’ imprisonment.
The fourth person is charged jointly with the others only over the second $100,050 donation – but also faces one charge of providing misleading information to the SFO.
…well, well, well. Someone has been very naughty.
National can scream about NZ First all they like, but this was money being donated to them that’s being investigated.
Look, I’ll be the one to say it seeing as everyone else is too frightened to say it, if we want to eliminate influence in our political system, then just publicly fund the Political Parties!
In terms of the total cost of Government, the amounts the Political Parties raise is miniscule.
Publicly funding political parties based in part on the result they gain plus a component based on how they are polling removes the power of wealth from influencing the Political process. Seeing as our political system is riddled with corporate and private interests, removing that ability to influence forces Politicians to actually rule on behalf of the citizens rather than on the behalf of who is paying them.
The reason the establishment don’t want publicly funded Parties is because they can’t bloody buy them then!
Look at how lacklustre our response to the Climate Crisis is, those polluting interests will be paying Politicians money to stop any real change right up until the fires scorch us from the face of the planet!
Screw writing new donations laws, or enforcing the joke ones we have now – they don’t work! We need public funding of political parties NOW to stop those with wealth from influencing our policy!
A contestable $10m a year fund would cover all this. Why aren’t we simply removing these interests from the process altogether for such a small price to pay for our Democracy?