Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Shane Jones, MP, on Labour's democracy rationing proposals

The Clark Government's proposals to take advantage of the outcry over their own corrupt election spending takes two forms: democracy rationing, which includes a ban or severe limits on private donations to political parties, requiring instead that the taxpayer fund political parties in a manner that favours the two big parties; and speech rationing, placing severe limits on political criticism in election year.

Note that the Clark Government democracy rationing proposals provide an exemption for unions. Newstalk ZB interviewer asked Labour MP Shane Jones why:
INTERVIEWER: "Why would you exempt unions?"

LABOUR MP SHANE JONES: "They're valuable and long term supporters of ours, etc..."
You can hear the interview here [hat tip DPF]. Question and admission comes 1:45 in. Links to banana republic electioneering welcomed in the comments section.


  1. Wow! I believe that was 'honesty by accident' - the 'bullshit' part of his brain must not have caught up with the truth fast enough.

  2. Jones also seems to believe folks get royalties on second-hand books, CDs and DVDs... What a knob, and a bloody condescending one at that. I do love politicians who come strutting into the House, full of their own PR hot air.

  3. Democracy Rationing update: TRN's 2pm news bulletin had the Greens' Russel Norman wanking on about his party's plan for CFR, which, in true greenie-red style, consists of half a dozen bans and requirements.

    If I didn't know better, I'd say the irony of placing restrictions upon supposedly free citizens at election time, escaped him.

    Communist bastards.


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