The Council of Trade Unions has given Bill English a good slapping over his false allegations in Parliament yesterday that the peak union body had broken the Electoral Finance Act.
English accused the CTU of failing to include the home address of its financial agent in its application to become a third party, a lapse he argued was evidence the CTU believes “Labour and its mates can break this law while everyone else has to keep it”.
Unfortunately for Bill, no law has been broken. The only omission here has been from his sloppy research unit, which confused the page on the Electoral Commission’s website that provides basic details about third parties with the CTU’s formal application, which did indeed comply fully with the law.
Perhaps in future English should get his facts straight before shooting off at the mouth and accusing people of breaking the law. That’s a pretty serious charge, and I’d expect a full apology to the CTU in Parliament today. What do you reckon the chances are?
UPDATE: According to reports Bill English has apologised in Parliament. Good on him for doing the right thing.