David Farrar is currently on his high horse denouncing Labour Party corruption. He’s alleging on Kiwiblog that a Labour Party advertisement in a magazine broke the rules.
I don’t know whether any of what Farrar is alleging is true, and I’d certainly be reluctant to take the word of an attack blogger who spends most of his blogging activities attacking the opposition.
But if Farrar wants to find examples of rule-breaking he need only look to his own party.
Tau Henare, the National list MP and many-time failed candidate for Te Atatu, has been forced to take down a number of signs outside his electoral office, because they breached local authority bylaws.
His electoral office is situated in a residential area, and therefore any signage much comply with strict rules.
He’s now bleating, when Henare instead should be apologising for breaking the law.
These signs have been up for three years. So for three whole years these signs showing Henare’s name and face and party colours (on one of the busiest roads in West Auckland and with plenty of visibility) have been in breach of the bylaws. In the meantime I’m sure Henare’s got a nice bit of exposure thanks to these signs.
Were I a rabid right wing blogger I’d probably start throwing around words like “corruption”.
But the only word that seems to fit perfectly is “hypocrisy”.
National: clean up your own act before blaming others.
Update: Henare is now claiming he has been told the signs can stay up while he gets a resource consent. Watch this space. Clearly the Nats have been caught out.
If a party can't even sort out something as basic as this, then they're clearly unfit for office. [Wait, who do I sound like when I say that?]