And they can leave their Cook Islands hideaway for more fun in Las Vegas!
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This election is about trusts? Indeed, here's a golden opportunity for Key to claim the moral high ground! All he has to do is open up National's anonymising trusts to public scrutiny. That would really show up his opponents as no-bollocks, low-stakes sad-arses, wouldn't it? Why doesn't he go ahead and do it? Go on, mate! We're all behind ya! Just do it!
psycho I'd prefer to trust the media and clear up the LA incident!!
PM, National received money from rich people who wished to remain anonymous. To effect this they legally used trusts.NZ first aided and abetted by Labour received money from rich people, but denied it, hid it, and all the while developed anaemia from the frequent nosebleeds that occurred from taking the very high moral ground on the same very issue!It has been a rallying call from Peters to the elderly to donate to his party as he as explicitly tells them he does not receive monies from big business.The media and the opposition have every right to call him on this.
National's trusts may be legal (and then only because National wrote the law), but they're nothing more than a means for concealing influence-peddling. On that basis, for National to try and claim some kind of moral high ground on this issue is ludicrous, and the media should be pointing that out. The only difference between National and NZ First on this issue is that National's donors haven't been identified.
More to the point: National received the money Before the election.While Labour went around writing cheques to buy people after the electionLabour bought government with Owen Glenn's moneyBut actually, the real story is even worse than that for labour: Labour received more money from businesses and billionares than National has over the last 10 yearsThe vast majority of National's money comes from subscriptions and small donations.The vast majority of Labour's money comes from big businesses, billionaires, and enforced confiscation by compulsory unionistsNational stands for freedom of speech.An absolute bedrock of that freedom is the ability to support whichever political party by whichever amount you want to.
As it happens, I have some sympathy for National's anonymous donors wishing to remain anonymous. The reason for that is that as we've seen over the last couple of months, if donors become known, the party's opponents will immediately begin a campaign of elaborate conspiracy theories to try and claim some sort of fraud going on. Anonymous Fascist's comment immediately above is a fine example of this in action.That said, what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. If National activists want to claim some kind of moral high ground in making these conspiracy theories about other parties' donors, it's only fair that National's own donors should be known. Front up or shut up, guys.
PM, you continually fall back on those disgusting traits logic and common sense. Cut it out, you are ruining the fun for everybody.
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