Those of you who took the time to March against the Electoral Finance Act in 2007 and last year it is time to pat yourselves on the back (sound of me typing with one finger).
This law was the biggest affrontery against democracy since Labour ditched the Privy Council and before that hater of freedom, we all know who she is, ditched the anti-smacking referendum because she didn't want to lose an election.
We now have the leader of that protest movement John Boscowan, in Parliament and Labour retreating, again, in the face of another one of their laws biting the dust.
It is clear that they still don't get the reasons for their landslide loss last November and this is as far as David Parker, former minister of the fantasy post of "Climate Change" is willing to concede:
"So we do concede that there are imperfections with the existing law, that it did produce an overly complicated regime, that it can be improved." nzherald.co.nz
That is putting it mildly.
What the EFA did was cause confusion, stifle debate to almost silence and lead to Labour breaking their own law because they thought, as usual that they were above it.
Again, congratulations marchers.
* I thought the picture was appropriate, if not a little gratuitous, but hey I'm a sucker for a pretty face.
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