The Veteran at No Minister has performed a community service by requesting that the Auditor General investigate payments made to Jim Anderton as leader of the Progressive Party which is a party in name only.
This supports my contention that 500 members is too low a threshold for a group to enlist before they can register as a political party.
MMP lets wee parties into parliament where they cost us a lot of money and potentially into government where they can wield considerable power as well.
If they can’t get at least a couple of thousand people to agree with their principles and philosophy and pay a sub they’re not parties they’re lobby groups.
If the few remaining members are told to sign up to another party which leaves the group with just a leader, they’re not parties, they’re one-man vanity vehicles.