Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Darnton offers Libz political party as 'flag of convenience' for free speech

The first truck was driven through the Electoral Finance Act this morning, even before the Governor General had the chance to sign it into law.

Co-trustee of the Free Speech coalition and leader of the Libertarianz Party Bernard Darnton is offering his Party as a 'flag of convenience' for third parties wanting to spend more than the cap imposed upon them by the Electoral Finance Act.

As a registered political party, Libertarianz has a spending cap of $2.4 million dollars, twenty times what is allowed to third parties under Labour's draconian new free speech rationing rules, and Darnton sees a way to use that to promote the free speech this Government would like to muzzle. Darnton announced the new policy, explaining:
"Libertarianz is happy to authorize election advertisements for the third parties that Labour has tried to crack down on. We've never spent anything like $2 million dollars on an election campaign, so we've got plenty of room to spare.

"Free speech is far too important to let the Clark regime and its cronies flush it away. We will fight this law all the way to the election and we'd like to help groups that might otherwise be excluded from the election to do the same."
Darnton invited all third parties who wanted to include their spending under the Libertarianz cap to contact him to discuss the details:
Phone: 021 324 466

UPDATE: The Free Speech Coalition has begun its billboard campaign in earnest this morning against the parties who voted the Electoral Finance Act into law.
"The Electoral Finance Act was correctly labeled by the New Zealand Herald as an "Attack on Democracy" so we think it is fitting that Democracy should attack back," said spokesman David Farrar.

Three billboards are initially going up. One in Auckland targeting Helen Clark (above), one in Tauranga for Winston Peters (below) and one in Wellington for Peter Dunne [or the Greens]. "They are a clear statement," says trustees David Farrar, Cameron Slater and Bernard Darnton, "that we regard their legislation as anti-democratic and unconstitutional. MPs are there to serve the public, not to silence the public...

"We hope the public enjoy the billboards over summer. We only have funding to keep them up for a month but will be asking people to donate to keep them up longer, or to allow us to roll out more billboards in more cities."
You can buy more billboards for the Coalition at their website.


  1. Delicious, Bernard! Good boy.

    Ridicule is a powerful tool. And one of the hardest to combat. She Who Must Not Be Blamed gets particularly shirty.

  2. This is absolutely brilliant! Bernard Darnton, if you can make this come together without too many embarassments or hiccups, you are a bloody genius! Well thought out!

  3. Superb!

    Well done The coalition.

  4. I'm not too sure on the Libz policy here. Initially I thought it a great idea, but wouldn't the images of people being arrested and carted off on the six o'clock news for simply voicing their opinion over and above the spending threshold, and without registering, be much more motivating. So the public could really see how they are now living the true Russianesque lifestyle.

    You go first Peter (I'll send the file in the cake) :)

    Mark Hubbard

  5. 2008 is going to be a fascinating year. Note to Labour: "Fasten your seatbelts, you're in for a bumpy ride".

  6. Yes, a jolly splendid idea!

    It would be good for the party to become the 'mouth piece' for everyone else.

    We should get fundraising immediately! ...(I have an idea on how contributions can be tax deductible, too)

    About time some people awoke from their torpor and stood up to be counted.

  7. Fantastic idea - even giving opportunity to groups that Libz might in ordinary circumstances have disagreement on will show that, when it comes to the crunch, we are all in the same boat! Facillitating such free speech would also be a true, practical application of Libertarian principles.

    Any hints yet as to any potential takers?


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