Frog is complaining that National has ditched the panel that was set up by Labour and the Greens to get them state funding of political parties.
Labour appointed the panel, without any consultation with National. This was inappropriate. In fact Green co-leader Russel Norman blogged that he agreed with me such appointments should not just be made by the Government of the Day.
If you and you mates act in a blatant self serving partisan manner, don’t be surprised when the new Government doesn’t feel any need to respect those decisions.
Personally I am a fan of citizen’s juries having a role to play in electoral issues. But the experts panels that advise such juries must not be unilaterally selected by the Government of the Day. By doing so, you can almost guarantee the outcome – and that is what the Greens and Labour tried to do – set up a process that would introduce their cherished dream of full taxpayer funding.Tags: electoral funding, Frog Blog, Greens