Wednesday, 6 December 2006

Speech rationing picks up pace

The pace for shutting down free electioneering is picking up here in the People's Republic of Aotearoa with Billy Bob English putting National's political weight behind outlawing "third-party advertising that attacks political parties" and either banning or making bloody difficult private donations to political parties.

D'you think it might have something to do with the two big parties recognising a mutually beneficial interest in shutting down the smaller parties? Some call it speech rationing, you know.

LINKS: Helengrad's speech rationing - Bernard Darnton at Section 14.

RELATED: Politics-NZ, Politics-National, Free Speech

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Blogger Bernard Darnton said...

This is surely not the same Bill English who noted just a month ago we were living in "an atmosphere where criticising the government is becoming pretty hazardous".

I didn't think at the time he meant it approvingly but you have to wonder.

6 Dec 2006, 12:34:00  
Blogger Kane Bunce said...

The title of my story for submission for Thee Freed Radical is so true. Especially with National supporting such speech rationing.

If anyone is interested that title is Freedom RIP 2006.

6 Dec 2006, 13:14:00  
Blogger KG said...

Why not replace those inconvenient election thingies with something simpler?
Say, a poll which asks "voters" which flavour totalitarianism they prefer--the full-flavoured version or Totalitarian Lite?

6 Dec 2006, 18:25:00  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Hmm, National and Labour don't like free political speech. Why aren't we surprised. Socialists have never been in favor of free speech.

6 Dec 2006, 21:11:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We hear about these things, express a day or so of outrage, and then proceed with docility to accept it. If you vote you can't complain.

7 Dec 2006, 07:32:00  
Blogger Kane Bunce said...

Well said, KG!

If you vote you can't complain.

Rubbish! Rights violations are something that should always be complained about!

7 Dec 2006, 12:23:00  

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