Lindsay's Radio Editorial, 23 August: Clobber Clarkistan!

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Submitted by JulianD on Wed, 2007-08-22 21:25

Audio and text from Lindsay's Radio Pacific Editorial, Thursday Aug 23:

Section 13 of our Bill of Rights says—

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, including the right to adopt and hold opinions without interference.”

The reality is that if your opinions differ from Helen Clark’s, you’ll be closed down for at least one third of your life.

Section 14 says:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.”

Labour’s Electoral Finance Bill says you don’t have that right in an election year. All of it. Restrictions on what you can say and publish will apply from January 1. They won’t apply just to endorsing a party or candidate, but to any form of words or graphics that take a position on a proposition with which a party or a candidate is associated. As John Key pointed out yesterday:

“The Green Party is opposed to battery farming of chickens. So next year, from 1 January, if you express a view about battery chicken farming – apart from just talking about it – you will be considered to be electioneering. If you want to communicate your like or dislike of battery chicken farming – if you put an ad in the paper, put a photo of battery chickens on a website, put out a press release, or send an email to your friends about it, then you will be considered to be electioneering and your communication will be considered to be an election advertisement.”

If you want to donate less than $5000 to someone’s election coffers, you’ll have to make a statutory declaration to a Justice of the Peace saying you won’t shell out more than that; if you want to spend more than $5000, you’ll have to register with the Chief Electoral Officer, and even then you won’t be able to spend more than $60,000.

Remember Section 14:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.”

Try to take out an anti-Labour ad in all the major dailies after January 1 next year and see just how much Section 14 means under the weird hybrid feminazi-Saddamite regime of Helen Clark, here in the burgeoning Islamic Republic of Clarkistan.

20 points behind in the polls and falling. Hurrah! If they get their way, it’ll be illegal for me to say this after Jan 1, so let me say it now, loud and clear: Throw these low-life wannabe ayatollahs out, folks, while you’re still able to.

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Elijah Lineberry's picture

needs to point out that if it were possible to "buy" an election result we would have seen Sir Robert Jones become Prime Minister in 1984 (where he spent $4 Million in todays money).

In a myriad of ways that would have been a great thing Sticking out tongue ...and he would currently be in his 8th term as Prime Minister Eye ..but, yes with General Elections things do not quite work that way.

Mark Burton: "It is simply

Lance's picture

Mark Burton:

"It is simply unacceptable to the general public that a third party should be able to, in effect, buy an election result."

No, Mr Burton, what is unacceptable to the general public is that a third party, be they a group or individual, should be unable to, in effect, speak freely.

"The Government, in introducing these third-party proposals, is seeking to encourage full and open expression from a diverse range of interests in the run-up to a general election."

The government, Mr Burton, is in fact seeking to discourage full and open expression from interests that run counter to your party.

"The aim of the reforms is to ensure that wealthy (non-Labour) interests do not have a disproportionate voice in our electoral system"



Elijah Lineberry's picture

suppose anyone with any balls will simply engage in my favourite activity... "Law Ignoring" Eye ...but it is just shocking as to how basic rights are being abolished simply for the ego of Helen Clark.

Is the National Party intending to abolish this law? that is the question.

John...I-would-list-the-top-20-labour-policies-I-intend-to-repeal-but-cannot-think-of-anything-offhand-why-did-you-not-ask-an-easy-question-such-as-the-top-5..Key needs to be asked about that.

Lindsay could ask him straight out on Monday.

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