David Farrar has given his usual intelligent and considered response to Labour’s submission on electoral finance at Kiwiblog.
The only thing I want to add is a very loud no to Labour’s self-serving and unprincipled suggestion that the taxpayer should fund poltical parties.
We have a very low hurdle for registration as a political party – just 500 members. The idea that any other organisation with as few members as that and as little accountability as most poltical parties have would get taxpayer funding as of right would never be countenanced and there is no reason why political parties should be treated differently.
Democracy is supposed to be of the people, for the people by the people not of a party, by the taxpayer for a few political groupies.
The Orange Man puts it succinctly at No Minister.