For the third time, National’s attempt to get a legal decision to block the EPMU and its sister unions from participating in the election campaign as registered third parties as failed. So pathetic were National’s arguments that they lost their last case even though the EMPU submitted no arguments of its own to the Court. The Court rejected National’s arguments for the rubbish they were without needing to hear any counter-arguments.
National’s behaviour has been disgusting. They, directly or through their pollster, David Farrar, have spent 7 months trying to keep democratic organisations comprising over 100,000 New Zealanders from having a voice during the election campaign. With pathetic legal arguments, they have attempted to tie up the EPMU and waste its resources on the legal fight. Unions are not rich organisations and the $23,000 the EPMU had to spend on these legal cases comes out of its campaign pool.
They can’t win on number of supporters, so the Tories try to use their money instead. And the losers justly lose.