Simon Power caves into Labour demands for spending limits on electoral advertising. Why oh why do we elect such unprincipled people to office. The whole idea of limiting election spending is a gross restriction on freedom of political expression anyway. Who the hell are Simon Power or Phil Goff to tell anyone what they might be permitted to spend on publicizing an issue or a POV they feel strongly about?
Whereas one accepts that such draconian legislation is the province of the left, we expect better from those members of a party that claims to stand for small government and personal freedom. Yet Simon Power and others in National seem addicted to heavy handed legislation that pays scant regard to these concerns.
Claire Trevett reports in the NZ Herald-
That compromise saw National cave in to Labour’s requests for a $300,000 spending cap on lobby groups for three months before an election, in return for a $5000 increase to the current $10,000 threshold at which donations must be disclosed.
What this means that if you feel strongly about an election issue and want to publicise and draw support for that issue, $300,000 is all you can spend. How does this fit in with National’s professed aspirations in respect of personal freedoms? They are just cowardly liars who do not care about such things and have not cared about them for some time.
There should in fact be no restrictions on election spending at all ever. That is true freedom of political expression. That National jump into bed with the left on this and are now promoting a slightly softer version of the legislation that brought many in this country into the streets shows how far they have drifted from their roots under leaders like John Key, Jim Bolger and Jenny Shipley. This is just one more betrayal by National of its supporters, following on from similar betrayals on the Maori Party and Climate Change issues.
One thing that has to change before we can start dragging this country out of the gutter is that charlatans in National like Simon Power and Nick Smith and their ineffectual leader need to be replaced. Cancel your support for these Benedict Arnolds until they start showing support themselves for the principles of the party they belong to. Don’t vote for them. If bottoming out is the only solution, better to have a fast train to that destination than a slow one.