Anderton v Electoral Commission

November 9th, 2011 at 3:53 pm by David Farrar

When I saw that the had referred to the , I remarked to a couple of people that I was sure he would have a fit and attack the Electoral Commission. I was right. The Herald reports:

Progressive leader Jim Anderton has launched an extraordinary attack on the Electoral Commission for referring him to police for a possible breach of the . …

But Mr Anderton, who was referred to police over election advertising before the 2008 election, said he had done nothing wrong.

Jim thinks he has never done anything wrong in his life. His valedictory was full of how he was right and everyone else had been wrong. If you ask him hig biggest mistake, he will be stumped for an answer.

“I’m authorised to send my constituents any message I damn well like. This is my electorate.

First of all don’t you like how he refers to them as possessions.

Secondly he was not writing to them in his capacity as an MP for parliamentary purposes. He was writing to them to tell them to vote for Megan Woods. Even the thickest of MPs should have learnt by now that telling people who to vote for is not a parliamentary purpose.

Thirdly, MPs are not above the law. He is not a King or a God. He is merely an MP. That doesn’t mean he can do anything he damn well likes.

His arrogance is the same as that which destroyed the Alliance. He demanded the party members surrender total control of the organisation to him, and effectively make him dictator. They refused, so he left.

“And if the Commission wants to start stopping electorate MPs from communicating with their electorate, they’d better get prepared for a breach of privilege complaint, because that’s what it amounts to.

Oh I so hope he tries that – it would be most amusing. In reality all he is trying to do is bully neutral public servants and have them exempt him from the law.

They are interfering with the regular work of an MP.”

It is not the regular work of an MP to write to voters and tell them who to vote for. That is the role of parties and candidates.

“They have a few things like rape and pillage going on around the country, and this is simply ridiculous to tie up senior members of the police force with this kind of garbage.”

In Jim’s world, electoral law breaches are not an offence. I suspect Labour agrees with him.

Mr Anderton said the letter was sent outside the regulated period under the Electoral Act, but the commission referred it to police on the basis that the letter was not properly authorised.

The regulated period has nothing to do with this. In fact, the law for around 20 years has been the same in terms of requiring authorisation.

Idiot/Savant at comments:

Yesterday, I was willing to attribute Anderton’s crime to (unforgivable) ignorance. Today, its clear that its one of arrogance. And he needs to be held to account for it.

Dead right.

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25 Responses to “Anderton v Electoral Commission”

  1. ciaron (1,414 comments) says:

    Must be awesome to never be wrong. Looking forward to not seeing your name on the ballot there jimbo.

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  2. KH (694 comments) says:

    DPF. ….did he send this out himself or did he misuse taxpayers money?
    We probably can guess, knowing his sense of who owes him.
    But it would be good to know.

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  3. hmmokrightitis (1,579 comments) says:

    The man has, as my dear old Nana would say, more front than Woolworths. For a man of the people, he sure did enjoy the free food and piss in the Koru every time I saw him there. Always seemed to sit by himself as well, can understand why, cant think of too many who would associate with the tosser. No loss at all to NZ, maybe he will set up a business with Goofy when they both retire in a couple of weeks? :)

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  4. Inventory2 (10,252 comments) says:

    It’s interesting that his successor, Megan Woods (Labour) has also been referred to the Police for a seperate alleged breach of the Electoral Act. Perhaps she’s using Jim’s campaign manual!

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  5. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    The sooner the dinosaur Anderon goes, the better off we will be.

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  6. Pongo (371 comments) says:

    Was this taxpayer funded letter ?

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  7. Inventory2 (10,252 comments) says:

    @ Pongo – do big, brown bears shit in the woods?

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  8. freddos (54 comments) says:

    Lols the TV3 website is referring to him as a United Future MP. **Slow clap…** Amazing political journos we have in this country.

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  9. Graeme Edgeler (3,279 comments) says:

    DPF. ….did he send this out himself or did he misuse taxpayers money?
    We probably can guess, knowing his sense of who owes him.

    Not taxpayers money.

    I would note that Jim Anderton’s Progressives were the only party not pinged in the Auditor-General’s report about parliamentary spending in 2005.

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  10. arkhad (66 comments) says:

    I am slow pleased to be rid of this guy. Let’s hope he and Winston do not need to occupy any more of anyone’s time after Nov 26. Is there any effective way to get the police to actually DO something in the electoral law area. Are they not failing in their duty?

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  11. B A Waugh (99 comments) says:

    Can people take a private prosecution for breaches of the electoral act? Or must these be done by the police.

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  12. burt (8,173 comments) says:

    Graeme Edgeler

    I would note that Jim Anderton’s Progressives were the only party not pinged in the Auditor-General’s report about parliamentary spending in 2005.

    So given Labour claimed the AG made a bad call it’s possible he should have been the only one pinged !

    I’m not pointing at you Graeme, but the loopy-left with their sense of entitlement can’t have it both ways – either Jolly Jim did nothing wrong because the AG didn’t ping him or the AG got it wrong and shouldn’t have pinged anyone.

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  13. burt (8,173 comments) says:

    B A Waugh

    No, but you can take a civil case of misfeasance in public office or something similar. Be careful how much you invest in it though. remember Darnton v Clark where the power of parliament and retrospective validations was used to kill the court case quick smart.

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  14. Ross Miller (1,686 comments) says:

    Just who is Jim Anderton? I thought he was a failed ChCh Mayoral candidate. How come he has Parliamentary franking privilages? … just wondering

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  15. burt (8,173 comments) says:

    Graeme Edgeler

    On reflection my last sentence was appalling. What I was trying to say is;

    I’m not pointing at you Graeme, but the loopy-left with their sense of entitlement can’t have it both ways – either the AG got it wrong so who knows if Jolly Jim did anything wrong or the AG got it right so Jolly Jim probably got it right however the others that complained the AG got it wrong probably broke the law.

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  16. ross (1,454 comments) says:

    > He is merely an MP. That doesn’t mean he can do anything he damn well likes.

    That is so true…would you remind John Key of that when he tells another lie? Cheers

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  17. adze (2,049 comments) says:

    Wow, you’re really thrashing that meme ross. On more than one blog too…

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  18. Letterman (184 comments) says:

    Arrogant socialist wanker with a sense of entitlement that would rival that of David Brent (“The Office”). “Jim Anderton – the David Brent of NZ politics” – hmmmm, has a nice ring to it!

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  19. burt (8,173 comments) says:

    Jim Anderton – the David Brent of NZ politics. ( © Letterman 2011 )

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  20. Graeme Edgeler (3,279 comments) says:

    I believe Jim said something to the effect that the rules around parliamentary spending were clear and that was why he didn’t breach them. He didn’t vote for the Government’s validating legislation.

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  21. Clint Heine (1,570 comments) says:

    Jim Anderton has made a mockery of MMP and electoral spending for many many years and it’s a disgrace to both Labour and National for not bringing this up sooner. Jim is pretending to be a leader of a political party, so he can claim the absolute maximum taxpayer allowance for himself. This also allowed him the perks that are afforded to party leaders. This would also allow him to use this money to shore up his support in the electorate, for which he is using now to tell people to vote for Labour candidate, who was one of his old New Labour/Progressive/Alliance whatever party comrades.

    Jim got worldwide attention many years ago for leaving the Alliance to form the Progressives, but didn’t resign from Parliament so was leader of the Alliance inside Parliament, while leader of the Progressives outside Parliament – again in order for him to collect as much taxpayer funding as he was allowed. This scam was allowed to operate as no party leader challenged this to the speaker.

    He has exploited taxpayers of all incomes for such a long time that he now believes he is entitled to keep milking us for everything we have left.

    And the sheer cheek of it is that he then expected to stroll into the mayor’s job in Chch. Does this man have any shame at all?

    It seems not. Yet twisted lefties here got all upset when other MPs used a perk once….

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  22. KiwiGreg (3,246 comments) says:

    I’d be surprised if we didnt pay for that letter given what Anderton has said.

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  23. annie (540 comments) says:

    A few elections ago TV news did a brief interview with Helen Clark in Jim’s living room.

    And there in the background, nicely framed beside Ms Clark and in good focus, was what looked like the household shrine – a large portrait of Jim, with dinky little curtains to each side and its own special little lights shining down onto it. There was even a little shelf in front of it, presumably for offerings.

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  24. Mark (1,465 comments) says:

    What a waste of police time. It is about time the electoral commission was given the powers to deal with this sort of misdemeanor

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  25. thedavincimode (6,606 comments) says:

    annie

    Was there a prayer mat on the floor in front of it?

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