On The Nation this weekend, ex-pat Owen G. Glenn magnanimously offered to pour over $100 million into youth initiatives after the election. Here are a couple of extracts from the interview:
Q: Are you giving any money this election to any political party, or just advice?
A: Well, I’m giving everybody advice, aren’t I? I’m coming back in October and I’m going to hold a press conference. And I’m going to announce some pretty major initiatives.
Q: Is that money going to be spent here?
A: In New Zealand.
A: Mainly for New Zealand youth. I’m going to put my money where my mouth is. Then I’ll be happy to answer any questions you want to ask me. [laughs]
Q: Well, let’s explore it. And I’m not going to ask you to shoot your bolt right here and now…
A: It’s not ready…
Q: So we’re talking about hundreds of millions invested in New Zealand youth?
A: Let’s say at least a hundred. …..
Q: Does it matter who wins the election as to whether or not you proceed with the plan?
A: I think very much so.
Q: So you would think about not doing this initiative…
A: Well look, let’s put it in perspective. I think National has a better shot at it, particularly if ACT is part of it. Because, if I say ACT goes a little bit hard on the Right, if there is temper [?] there, they’re not bad people, actually very good people.
Q: OK. Can I ask you then: you’re prepared to invest hundreds of millions in New Zealand education, for young people…
A: I said at least a hundred million…
Q: … if National and ACT win the next election?
A: That’s correct.
When we’re strapped for cash, performing dentistry on a gift horse could be regarded as bad form. Never mind that $100 million is a drop in the bucket compared with Government’s spending – it’s a very large drop in a very small bucket.
The problem is that the generous Mr Glenn has probably committed an offence under the Electoral Act 1993 by tagging on the proviso that he will give the money only if National/ACT win the election in November: Read the rest of this entry »