The Dom-Post reports that New Zealand First is going to apologise to the Electoral Commission for the party's serial breaches of the Electoral Act. Isn't it too late for that? With the Serious Fraud Office investigating, and new donations coming to light seemingly every day, isn't it a bit like making a lame excuse to a cop when he stops you doing 80km/h in a 50km zone?
And if NZ First, via its erstwhile former president Dail Jones is going to apologise, shouldn't that apology be directed to the public of New Zealand? After all, it is the public that has been deceived by the Keeping Them Honest party, who had us believe they were above secret trusts, anonymous donations and receiving money from "big business". If NZ First's remorse is genuine, and not just a lame attempt to curry favour, immediate repayment of the $158,000 the party stole from the taxpayer in 2005, plus three year's interest would be a start - but only a start.
Meantime, elsewhere the Dom-Post notes that the Spencer Trust paid $87,648 worth of bills on behalf of NZ First in 2006, talikng the sum channelled through the Trust to more than $234,000.