454Libertarianz Slam Democracy Rationing
- Apr 10, 2007PRESS RELEASE
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Political Party Funding
Libertarianz Slam Democracy Rationing
Libertarianz leader and former pledge card litigant Bernard Darnton
today criticised Labour's political party funding plans, calling them
an attempt to ration democracy, and slammed the proposal to limit free
speech during elections.
"It is obscene that Labour's response to being caught with their hands
in the till is to cook up a scheme to vote themselves even more of
other people's money," Darnton said today. "Rather than apologise and
promise not to do it again, as any decent person would, Helen Clark is
attempting to shove Labour's snout further into the trough."
"Just because no one in their right mind would voluntarily give these
people money, doesn't give them the right to further raid the public
Darnton confirmed that Libertarianz would turn down any money offered
under the scheme, and urged the leaders of other parties to do the
same. "This scheme is intended to entrench Labour's theft of the last
election. Others would do well to think hard before stooping to their
"Worse than the plans to put political parties on welfare are Labour's
plans to limit free speech during elections," Darnton claimed.
"The plans to curtail third party spending, with an exemption designed
for the unions, combined with the attempts to shut down National's
main funding sources, and recent threats to charities who get
involved in politics all look like steps down the road to a one-party
"Labour is simply trying to ration democracy, reserving the biggest
share for itself, and Libertarianz wants nothing to do with it."
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