Unfortunately for Parker, he chose to include in his post an allegation against the Act Party, the Sensible Sentencing Trust and former Act MP David Garret. We will not repeat the allegation, but Farrar has already added a disclaimer to the post, presumably to innoculate himself from legal fallout. And the Act Party, the SST and Garrett have all given categorical denials of Parker's accusation.
And it's gone a step further; the Sensible Sentencing Trust has today issued this media statement:
It could be a very expensive election for Labour MP and Epsom candidate David Parker after he has been caught out telling lies and faces possible defamation action.
As a guest commentator on Kiwi Blog under the heading 'What’s going on in Epsom' Mr Parker stated that the Sensible Sentencing Trust had made a large donation to the Act Party in exchange for Trust lawyer, David Garrett, being appointed Act's law and order Spokesman at No. 5 on the list.
Mr Parker's allegations may be found here at Kiwiblog.
Sensible Sentencing Trust Spokesman, Garth McVicar said the Trust had never made a financial donation to Act or any other political party.
"The Trust has many thousands of supporters throughout New Zealand and I imagine many of them will be very concerned to think their donations may be given to a political party."
"I would like to take this opportunity to assure our supporters that the Trust is strictly non-aligned and not one cent of donations has ever been given to any political party."
“Mr Parker's allegations are untrue and damaging to the Sensible Sentencing Trust.
"As Founder and Spokesman of Sensible Sentencing Trust I believe his comments to be a personal attack on my integrity and honesty."
"I have asked our lawyers for a legal opinion on taking proceedings against Mr Parker".
It hasn't been a good day for Labour today as far as the Epsom election race goes. We will be watching with interest to see whether Parker does the pragmatic thing, unconditionally withdraws an allegation which has been denied by all those involved, and apologises. If he does not, it may be a costly lesson for him, both financially and in terms of losing the opportunity to form a government if National does indeed have Act as a potential coalition partner because of the attacks on the party and on John Banks.