Thursday, June 5, 2008

Has Winston breached his own law?

New Zealand First voted with the government all the way through the Electoral Finance Act. New Zealand First speakers, Winston Peters included, were scathing towards National throughout the debate, both in the House and outside. Therefore, it can be reasonably concluded that New Zealand First, and Winston Peters, endorse the Electoral Finance Act.

So has Winston Peters breached the EFA this morning? He is currently running the morning talkback show on Newstalk ZB nationwide. I just heard him tell a caller, in reply to a question about whether the caller should party vote or electorate vote for NZ First, that if he "wanted an insurance policy for New Zealand, he should give his party vote to New Zealand First".

OK - I am no legal expert. But we know that we are in the "regulated period". So is Winston in breach of the EFA for making such a statement, clearly designed to solicit party votes for his party, on a talkback programme where he is the host? Will the commercial cost of the programme be charged to New Zealand First as an electoral expense, and disclosed in the party's post-election return?

8 comments:

BoomTownPrat said...

IV2, what shoddy analysis, you are nothing but a foreign media stooge trying to buy the election for National, these allegations are shallow and baseless. Mr Peters is the only bastion of honesty and integrity in New Zealand Politics (God he's handsome). You should learn to ask the correct questions, and if you had any intelligence, you would see clearly how good we are in Winnie1 and how bad, bad you are.

PS are you an exclusive bretheren?

Inventory2 said...

Love it BTP!! No, I'm not an EB; I'm not even a "sickly white liberal", another demographic that Winston slagged off years ago!

pdm said...

Are you Asian?

Anonymous said...

Winston First - "Keeping them honest"

Inventory2 said...

pdm - if you believe Winston (and who does?) he's more Asian than you and I!!

Dave said...

Winston hasn't breached his own law, The media is exempt from the EFA. You knew that, right?

Inventory2 said...

No, I didn't know that Dave, which is why I asked the question. The EFA is such bad law that nobody knows for sure what is permitted and what isn't. The fact that the question even has to be asked highlights what a mess Labour and its cronies made.

Anonymous said...

"The fact that the question even has to be asked highlights what a mess Labour and its cronies made."

Goodness you asked the question! Just because you're completely ignorant of what the law says doesn't make it a mess. Granted the Act may be a mess, but you asking a dumb question about it doesn't highlight that fact.