Thursday, 3 January 2008

First Casualties of the EFB/A

The Electoral Finance Bill/Act came into effect two days ago, meaning that any voices who oppose the government can effectively be silenced by the power of the gun, the government deciding who's fit to receive money to campaign and who isn't, and who is allowed to donate money and who isn't (all the while supporting the ideas of those who they don't support with their own tax money).

The first casualty on this war on free speech, ironically, is Helen Clark. At the start of the new year, a group called "People Power" threw a rock through the window of her electoral office in Mount Albert, to protest the act. It wouldn't be the first time someone has vandalized Helen Clark's electoral office; the first time, however, the offender was charged with sedition (!).

Tim Shadbolt, the usually Labour-leaning and provocative mayor of New Zealand's southernmost city Invercargill is now touting the opposition to the Act, telling his citizens and those of the entire country to not vote Labour.

To protest this act further, Cameron Slater of Whale Oil and Andy Moore of The Section 59 Blog have started up www.dontvotelabour.org.nz, and they could be the first people brought to court under the new law.

...but where's their $1200 that supports claim that the Act will stop? Maybe they should realize that the $1200 cap on personal anonymous donations is truly pitiful compared to the $4.8 million of public money Labour spent on election campaigning in 2005. But which party received the most anonynous funding last year? ACT!

Or perhaps you'd like to do a Chris Trotter, getting quickly off the actual issues to do a bit of scaremongering non-existent concepts in his twisted, Marxist view of reality.

3 comments:

Elijah Lineberry said...

The brick through Helen Clark's electorate office is bizarre.

I was walking (staggering?) home along Sandringham Rd..(after an enjoyable New Year's eve at a niteclub)..right past her office about an hour after this attack was meant to have taken place and saw no broken window, or Constabulary..or anything.

(I was not that drunk I would not have noticed damage and Police! lol)

As a kind of witness to "the attack that never was" ...I think the entire story is a Labour Party fiction to gain sympathy for her.

Callum said...

It'd be funny if what you said turned out to be true, Elijah. Labour slips even further in the polls!

riki said...

so Helens window was never broken

the perpertrator has never been found.

a woman looking for a cat witnessed the whole thing

who is this mysterios woman and were her features broadcast?