Tuesday, November 23, 2010

"A workable compromise"

That's what Labour is calling National's electoral finance bill. Well, they would. The bill would raise the donation disclosure threshold by 50%, from $10,000 to $15,000, allowing parties to receive more money in total secrecy, without having to tell us who is buying them. And as a big party, Labour loves big money.

That's the problem with leaving this issue to politicians: they will put their own interests before those of the people. Instead of letting National and Labour work it out between themselves in a smoke-free backroom, we should have sent this issue to a citizen's jury, and let us decide what is acceptable for politicians, rather than letting them make their own rules.