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454Libertarianz Slam Democracy Rationing

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  • Libertarianz Media Centre
    Apr 10, 2007

      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."


      For more information, contact:

      Bernard Darnton
      Libertarianz Leader
      Phone: 021 324 466 / 04 586 2182
      Email: bernard.darnton@...

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