Vernon Small reports in this morning's DomPost that the government is signalling sweeping changes to the Electoral Finance Bill.
It's evident that Labour is becoming aware of just how widespread opposition is to this insidious piece of legislation, and it's no surprise that they now want to take the surgeon's knife to it. However, instead of cosmetic surgery, Labour needs to do a complete excision - cut the Bill from the Order Paper, and start again - with genuine multi-party input. Bill English has come out swinging at Labour's proposed changes, and the methodology.
National Deputy Leader Bill English said Labour should confirm reports it was poised for "major surgery on the fatally wounded" bill.
It was planning to dump the select committee process and make a mockery of submissions, which had been made on the draft law.
"Helen Clark, having said that she trusts the select committee to fix the legislation, now appears to have changed her mind."
Once again, it seems that the government is going to tamper with the process - Labour is going to make a mockery of the democratic process, much as they did last year in passing legislation to validate their illegal election spending. Put plain and simply, Labour legislated to legitimise their own theft. The time is fast approaching when all of us, from all walks of life and points of the political compass must unite and send the government and its support parties a clear and unambiguous message. Kill the Bill, go back to the table, and try again. The EFB is so fundamentally flawed it cannot be allowed to pass through in its present form, and the government MUST allow sufficient time for the public to be heard. There is far too much at stake here to do otherwise.