Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Darnton slams democracy rationing, and challenges other party leaders

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...
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 level.
"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 state.

"Labour is simply trying to ration democracy, reserving the biggest share for itself, and Libertarianz wants nothing to do with it."
Excellent. I look forward to equally clear statements from other party leaders that they won't be taking money under this frontal attack on democracy, and from National (if they come to power) that they will repeal this outrageous assault if passed. Story here at Newswire.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Eric Olthwaite said...

"Democracy Rationing" eh, nice touch :-)

4/12/2007 10:44:00 am  
Blogger PC said...

Yes. I believe that was yours', wasn't it? :-)

4/12/2007 11:20:00 am  

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