National's solution to GST overspend cynical politics at its worst
While National managed to get all sanctimonious about Labour election overspending, they also spent more than they were allowed to in terms of buying broadcasting time, by oh so conveniently "forgetting" the legal limit was exclusive of GST.
The timing of National's announcement of its so called 'solution' to this 'problem' ought to be regarded as extremely cynical indeed. The day after it was revealed Nicky Hagar's book on the National party was being prevented from being released by Don's dodgy injunction.
The timing of National's announcement works on the same principle as the rather infamous Blairite spin monkey who suggested on the 11th of September 2001 this would be a good day to bury bad news.
Offering to buy advertising time for charities is not a solution. First of all the broadcasters are still left out of pocket because National are only offering to pay for new advertising, leaving the election advertising unpaid.
The National party should pay the TV stations what they are owed, plus interest (as they have made it clear they do not believe in interest free loans), and face the consequences of their actions. They have already broken the law, an action they benefited from in terms of greater election time exposure - they should stop looking to get off and instead do what they told to do Labour many times - Pay it back!
Or are we to assume the Nats typical blathering about the 'sanctity of contract' really ought only to apply to everybody else?