The Herald reports:
New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters is disputing leading lawyers’ views that his party’s rule to fine MP’s who jump ship up to $300,000 is unenforceable.
The rule was was inserted into NZ First’s constitution after Brendan Horan was ejected from the party in late 2012 but refused to resign from Parliament. However it is yet to be ratified.
Constitutional law expert Andrew Geddis of Otago University has said the rule has no legal foundation while public law expert Matthew Palmer pointed out that once an MP left a party they were no longer bound by its constitution.
“With the greatest respect to Mr Geddis, he doesn’t know anything about this stuff”, Mr Peters said this morning.
Yeah, Andrew knows nothing at all on electoral law – apart from writing the textbook used in pretty much every university in New Zealand.
Andrew blogs on why Winston is wrong, and he is right here.
No doubt if NZ First ever tries to enforce their clause and lose in court, Winston will claim the Judges all got it wrong also.