Labour does not generally have “big money” donors like the Nats. It relies on small donations from lots of people, and tends to fight every election at a significant spending disadvantage. But this is a very generous donation, for a very interesting reason:
‘Socialism closer to Gospel than free enterprise’: donor on why he gave $115k to Labour
A retired High Court judge who donated $115,000 to Labour says the party’s principles reflect those of his religion.
In Labour’s first large donation for some time, Robert Smellie, QC, gave $100,000 this month, on top of the $15,000 he gave in December.
Smellie told the Herald one reason was his religion.
“[Former PM] Michael Joseph Savage once said, ‘Labour is Christianity in action’. And I am a practising Anglican and as such I see socialism as being far closer to the Gospel than free enterprise.” …
Thank you Robert Smellie QC, I’m sure your donation will be put to great use.
I am not myself of a religious persuasion, but I must admit that the combination of “christianity” and right-wing political beliefs does puzzle me.