National is a party that supposedly believes in Individual freedom, choice and personal responsibility.
They played heavily on this in defeating Helen Clark’s more authoritarian and nanny state style of government.
Clark ridiculously focused on controlling what light bulbs we should use, changing shower heads in houses to conserve water, which rather abundantly falls from the sky, and their worst law which National shamelessly barely altered upon gaining the treasury benches, the Electoral Finance Act.
The Electoral Finance Act bizarrely had its genesis in Nicky Hager’s book the Hollowmen, which ‘exposed’ dealings National had with the Exclusive Brethren. Labour put up a law that sought to restrict donations to political parties, except their own donations of course.
Somehow it was wrong for New Zealand citizens to donate to political parties, but perfectly OK for large amounts of cash to slosh into Labour coffers from a narcissistic ex-pat Kiwi who made his fortune in managing logistics for tobacco companies.
It was an astonishing attack on freedom of speech, freedom of association and the very things that National stood for, individual freedom, choice and personal responsibility.
National made hay while the sun shone and the Electoral Finance Act became a catalyst for large protests that erupted around the country.
Bernard Darnton, David and I formed the Free Speech Coalition to oppose this law and raised money to put large billboards around that attacked those parties supporting the bill. It worked, and even spooked Peter Dunne from previously supporting the bill to opposing it at the final reading. David Farrar and I were having lunch in Auckland when we received an angry phone call from Rob Eaddy in Peter Dunne’s office abusing us for putting Dunne on one of our billboards. He was politely told to GFY. Read more »