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The out-of-kilter Kill the Bill campaign

Thu 4 Oct 2007 In: Comment View at Wayback

'Kill the Bill' poster When I heard there was a website opposed to the Electoral Finance Reform Bill, I was curious and had a look. I really needn't have bothered. Now, I've had quite a bit of time for the Free Speech Coalition in the past. Particularly if they're the same Free Speech Coalition that have defied the SPCS and taken a resolute stand against that pestiferous organisation's wanton interference with film festival scheduling in Wellington several years ago. Unfortunately, this website isn't aimed at free speech per se, but exaggerating the likely scope of the effects of the Electoral Finance Reform Bill. As David Farrar has always struck me as a good centre-right social liberal fellow in the past, it does strike me as odd that he's fallen for this. Not so Libertarianz' Bernard Darnton, who pursued a vendetta against the Clark administration on the basis of its election overspending until it paid back the admittedly outstanding funds. Cameron Slater appears to be a hereditary Tory of some sort, judging from his last name. Where's the "Coalition" in all this? I seem to see numerous SOLO and Libertarianz supporters on their 'wall of supporters', but not much in the way of others. If the gentlemen in question are members of Libertarianz, SOLO, ACT and National, then why don't they simply say so? It does seem to be a partisan website. Incidentally, I must say I do like the graphic of Helen Clark with the samurai sword, though. Given plunging National opinion polls, it may turn out to be eerily prescient. Craig Young - 4th October 2007    

Credit: Craig Young

First published: Thursday, 4th October 2007 - 9:58am

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