The Cabinet Club here in Eketahuna North is focused more on tippling than peddling influence

Good old Tau has summed things up pretty nicely when he says Opposition attacks on National Party fundraisers, where individuals can pay for access to ministers, is Labour Party envy.

Alf is bound to say he was deeply disappointed by Labour and NZ First attacks on the Government yesterday and their claims to have proof that The Boss was involved in talks to ease citizenship restrictions for wealthy foreign investors.

As Stuff explains here, those allegations came out of reports on National Party events run throughout the country, called Cabinet Clubs.

Labour can’t have Cabinet Clubs because they are in opposition. They are bound to stay there, too.

They could try running Shadow Cabinet Clubs, of course, although Alf can’t imagine why anyone would talk to the shadowy buggers who would be the best they could provide by way of star turns.

Tau Henare is spot on.

“This is Labour Party envy about how people raise funds,” he told Breakfast.

“Quite frankly what this says, is the National Party is a hell of a lot better at fundraising than these guys are, and that’s where it comes from.

“This is a whole strategy.

“On Tuesday, they had the opportunity to come in with the smoking gun, with everything laid out for them, and what happened? The focus went on [Labour MP] Trevor [Mallard], because Trevor’s up to his old tricks again.”

In the House yesterday, as most media have reported today, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse fought off questions over a meeting he held with Donghua Liu, the Chinese businessmen at the centre of issues surrounding Maurice Williamson’s resignation as minister last week.

Alf’s good mate David Carter quite rightly ordered the malevolent Mallard from the House for a second time this week after he asked if Woodhouse had ever been offered money by donors to the National Party who wanted influence.

Woodhouse was miffed about the question, saying it was “quite offensive really to suggest that that would even be offered, much less accepted”.

Mallard apparently popped up on Breakfast today to say it was “increasingly clear” the policy debate was being driven through special access to ministers being granted to those who could afford it.

“The Cabinet Club is a very clear example of that,” he said.

Alf can assure him that the Cabinet Club we operate here in Eketahuna North – to the contrary – has nothing much to do with trying to peddle or purchase influence.

But we do pump a fair bit of money into good whisky and it could well be said some members have been under the influence on occasion. But so long as we don’t drive home afterwards – and you can be damned sure we don’t – there’s nothing wrong with that.

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