It turns out that this wasn’t true, as Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove has pointed out at Red Alert.
As much as I usually hate to admit I’m wrong, I’m glad to do so this time – the idea that Labour could have supported the SST was disappointing to say the least.
The question now is whether Clayton will take this further. I think he should.
For a lobby group, and particularly one as corrupt as the SST, to falsely claim it has the support of a political party like this is a travesty of democracy.
This needs to be dealt with hard and fast or a precedent will be set that undermines not only the Labour party but our democratic system.
If a progressive organisation were to lie about having National or Act support like this they would be shown no quarter and it would (quite rightly) be the end of their credibility.
Labour should not hesitate to make it very clear to the media and to their supporters what a bunch of lying cowards the SST are.
Anything less leaves the door open for anyone to claim they have Labour’s support.
And Labour’s members have not fought for progressive ideals for so many decades to sell their party off so cheaply.