Berry Rules Out Government with Dunne

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Submitted by Stephen Berry on Mon, 2011-10-10 06:57

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Stephen Berry

Berry Rules Out Government with Dunne

Tamaki Independent candidate Stephen Berry today ruled out supporting any Government that includes Peter Dunne in Cabinet. “Peter Dunne’s authoritarian program is too far removed from the concepts of individual freedom I stand behind. Unlike National, my principles are not flexible enough to support a Government which includes Peter Dunne as a Minister.”

“During his time as a Minister in the current National government, Mr. Dunne has been a prime antagonist of liberty and made an extra effort to demonstrate himself to be a real enemy of freedom. If the National government feels that an arch-authoritarian is someone with whom they can continue to work, then I will not grant National support on confidence or supply.”

Stephen Berry labels Peter Dunne’s time as Associate Minister of Health as a “reign of terror’ especially against those who choose to ingest intoxicating substances. Berry says, “Dunne has used an apparent emergency to convince Parliament to give him sweeping powers to ban any substance he wishes without concern for science, proven harm or liberty. He is like Hitler off crack!”

Berry argues that Dunne’s latest announcement on the sale of state assets simply cements him as a conservative authoritarian. “Dunne’s desire to keep National Radio in public ownership is ludicrous. He believes it is important to have a radio station that doesn’t pander to ratings. I think it ridiculous to spend other people’s money on a radio station that pumps out rubbish nobody wants to listen to.”

Stephen Berry says that if he is elected as the member for Tamaki he will only support parties that are open to the concepts of smaller government and personal freedom. “The Peter Dunne party has long been an advocate for more Government and demonstrated a hatred of individual rights. Any government that counts Peter Dunne amongst its cabinet will not get support on confidence or supply from me.”

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Stephen Berry
Independent candidate, Tamaki
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Helping them to merely hold power...

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...is even worse.

Marcus

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to say that you might support National/ Act [on confidence and supply] is to say to most voters you will compromise your principles. ... Why would Berry give the impression he would support National in government at all? Surely if he did that then he would be no better than the rest of them.

It's not how it seems. Confidence and supply are required for a government merely to hold power. If Berry is elected as the Member for Tamaki, he can take the opportunity to strike a blow for freedom or blow the opportunity.

No deal or "no Dunne" deal?

I would play it differently if I were you...

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...because to say that you might support National/ Act is to say to most voters you will compromise your principles.

I would court the disaffected in all areas of the political spectrum if I were you.

Even if National look incredibly popular at the moment there will still be a significant number of voters who don't like them.

A National Act coalition

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A National Act coalition government is better than a Labour led government, or a National government that includes Peter Dunne.

What?

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"...then I will not grant National support on confidence or supply."

Why would Berry give the impression he would support National in government at all?

Surely if he did that then he would be no better than the rest of them.

Thanks Richard!

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Thanks Richard! Smiling

Stephen Berry for Tamaki

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