The Electoral Commission has ruled that several unions affiliated to the Labour Party are able to register as third parties under the Electoral Finance Act. Their registration was objected to initally by David Farrar, the National Party frontperson who is the principal behind the registered third party known, ironically, as the Free Speech Coalition.
The National Party then objected to the Commission’s original decision to register them on a legal technicality. National’s objection was upheld by the High Court, and the decision returned to the Commission.
It is encouraging to see that common sense is finally coming to the fore as the election nears and the Chicken Littles of the world such as Farrar are exposed.
Perhaps Farrar’s third party should be renamed as the “Free Speech (if it’s for National) Coalition.” It would be a more accurate description.