This is a rather novel way for the National Party to divert attention away from the Government’s infrastructure announcement.
The Serious Fraud Office is filing criminal charges against four people in relation to donations to the National Party.
But party leader Simon Bridges says neither he or the party has been charged.
The four are scheduled to appear in Auckland District Court on 25 February, according to a press statement by the office.
Bridges is presenting the news in as good a light as possible.
In a statement on Wednesday Bridges said he and his party had not been charged.
“I have always maintained I had nothing to do with the donations. As I have always said the allegations against both myself and the Party were baseless and false,” Bridges said.
“This was always just a vendetta by a disgruntled former MP.”
His statement about the party not being charged is weird. The party is not an incorporated society so cannot be charged. The only offence an unincorporated body can be charged with is encouraging its members to take action for the purposes of exceeding the advertisement limits for unregistered promoters.
Please no speculation on who the people are or on the details of the case. This is for the Court process to work out and decide.