Many people will have seen ads on Sunday by John Boscawen continuing his campaign against the Electoral Finance Act. As I have said, I doubt there will be a vote against repealing it after the election, and then work could commence in good faith on a replacement which not only is clearer, but doesn’t have the restrictions on every-day advocacy and such low spending limits.
The NZPA database has 716 articles on the Electoral Finance Act since 1 January. Almost without exception, they are all negative.
Even worse is the hypocrisy since then of Peters and Clark, who claim it was all about stopping secret donations. That wasn’t even in the original bill, and since it got passed we have learnt a lot about how NZ First are the masters of the secret donations.