Post by Crash
Now it is worth remembering that while much of this article may be
speculation, Stuff are subject to defamation laws and Peters does have
a history of using litigation. So Stuff must be fairly certain of
their information sources.
Looking at what Woolerton claims as the NZ First constituency,
Woolerton asserts "It's not the farmers. It's the people who service
the farmers who do the grunt work day to day". The backbone of the NZ
economy is farming, responsible for over 50% of exports. It is the
farmer in the cowshed or mustering livestock that do the grunt work.
Those that provide services to farmers are insignificant in both
people-count and contribution to our economy. That quote is an
incredibly ill-advised and clearly not well thought through.
There is a real possibility that NZF will be gone in the near future.
Those few major donors may well have made their last donation to NZF
and if so the party will be starved of funds as well as starved of
party-vote support in the upcoming election.
It would be interesting to see the equivalent list for the other
political parties - and the level of interest is such that I expect
there would be little resistance to reducing the reportable amount to
something like $1000 (cumulative in any year). While interesting, and
there are a few things covered in the article that may well be
questionable either politically or legally, we do have the knowledge
that Simon Bridges was not charged in relation to the current National
donation scandal; I suspect Winston will also survive. What it may do
is prompt a more thorough investigation of National, Labour the Greens
and ACT. While there has been no suggestion of impropriety or
wrongdoing from these, an independent audit may well answer those that
claim "but they all do it"; and provide good information for a review
of donation rules.
From the article:
"NZ First has traditionally pitched itself to voters as a party for
grassroots Kiwis in regional New Zealand, a party keen to trim the
excesses of neo-liberal capitalism."
I gather that most NZ First members were happy with the choice to go
with Labour following the election, so the demise of NZ First could
help Labour more than National, especially as National seem to be
trying to appeal more to their supporters that a further right than
Winston is more combative than Peter Dunne, but that is probably
needed for a small party in the centre - they need the publicity.
Dunne merged with a lot of other small parties to keep ging, but
eventually time ran out. We shall just have to wait and see regarding
the results of legal investigations.
Thanks for posting the reference