Well Brash has resigned from Parliament and National will hope that his departure will take the heat out of the revelations in Hager’s book. But I’m not so sure. Until National comes out and admits it broke the laws around campaign spending and supports reform of the campaign spending laws there will be a big cloud over them. The Nats President Judy Kirk and the Nats Board were aware of the identity of the big donors according to the evidence in Hager’s book, yet they declared them as anonymous in their donations return. Under the Electoral Act this is defined as a corrupt practice. And whatever the Act says this is a dangerous development for our democracy. We’ve gotta clean it up.
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