Remember, the Espiner interview hinged on his point-blank, repeated refusal to answer a reasonable question about the conduct of a Minister of the Crown.
Why did Richard Worth have to go as a Minister?
I read earlier that Labour only won the party vote in five electorates. I’m not sure that’s true, but it feels it.
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So if it’s not what the story says, what is he being prosecuted for?
He is not being prosecuted. He is being sued.
Prediction: Slater will be successful in getting an injunction against "Rawshark".
That is my prediction too.
Cameron Slater is now ... being prosecuted for breaching the privacy of businessman Matt Blomfield
You cannot be prosecuted for breaching privacy, and Cameron Slater isn't being prosecuted for it.
The court has decided the offence didn't merit a conviction -- and we don't let the Crown challenge that in general. So why should this one form of decision be challengeable?
To me, this seems more like a sentencing exercise than a conviction exercise. We let the Crown appeal "this offence doesn't warrant imprisonment", and I can't see that this assessment is fundamentally different from that.
I do have concerns, but thinking about it, I think they're mostly rooted in a concern about whether the Crown should be able to appeal at all.
Have now remembered I should have turned comments on. I hope the withdrawal wasn’t too bad :-)
Serious question though - when have the police ever actually progressed an Electoral Commission referral to the stage of pressing charges?
They do it sometimes in relation to people who "double vote". But in regards other matters … never, to my knowledge.
A couple of elections ago, before this all became a big thing, with lots of complaints, I understand TVNZ was prosecuted and convicted for airing an advertisement during the closing statements.
What about the cover of the rugby magazine with John Key pretending to be an All Black? It is in every book and magazine shop and dairy across NZ. Surely that is an election advertisement.
If you see a poster advertising the cover, feel free to complain about that to the Electoral Commission :-)
Broadcasting Act charges have a six month time limit, so Jono and Ben are now in the clear.