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I love satire especially when it is done well. I love a good joke and laughter really is the best medicine.

I have really enjoyed a number of posts on the Satirical blog The Civilian but recently the laughter stopped. I am not laughing any more. Not only am I not laughing I am angry. Ben has taken the step too far. He has gone beyond the joke. It is one thing to take the piss, it is another to take money that is meant for serious political parties.

It is true that he could not rort the system without the assistance of the  Electoral Commission and by funding Ben to the tune of $33,000 they have made a joke of our democratic system.

Satirical writer of The Civilian, Ben Uffindell

Satirical writer of The Civilian, Ben Uffindell.- 3 News

The money came from a fixed pot that was set before parties were required to register and his party’s allocation was a “tiny, measly portion of that pot”, he said.

“If it weren’t going to me, it would be proportionally reallocated amongst the other political parties.

“If you think that National’s one-point-something million dollars was not enough, then yeah, OK, fair point.”

Uffindell said the Civilian Party’s $33,365 allocation could be used only for broadcast advertising, and would contribute more to the election than funds allocated to major parties, which simply reinforced “an electoral status quo”.

Key said most people would consider the commission’s allocation a joke and compared it to the former Bill and Ben Party, created in 2008 by TV3 Pulp Sport hosts Jamie Linehan and Ben Boyce.

Uffindell rejected Key’s comparison, saying the Civilian Party was more serious.

“They had a TV show and they decided to register a party and get some votes and have a piss-up at the election.

“What I’m trying to put together is more intentional, direct satire.”

Based on membership so far, the party appealed to most New Zealanders, he said.

“I thought it would be largely young people but it’s all sorts of people. [People] do find something valuable in this and want to see something like this work.”

Four of the 17 parties funded by the Electoral Commission are yet to register. The New Zealand Independent Coalition has been allocated $76,930 for broadcasting programmes.

The Civilian Party, the Expatriate Party of New Zealand, and Truth, Freedom, Justice each received $33,635.

– The Press

Ben you have shown yourself to be yet another young person taking advantage of a flawed system. The money is available so why shouldn’t I take advantage of it? Is that your rationale? Is that how you justify it to yourself?

I will no longer be following you on Facebook Ben, I will not be promoting any of your satire in the future on this Blog in my posts and I will be encouraging Pete and Cam to do the same. You are no longer worthy of promotion on New Zealand’s Top Blog.

If you get to 500 members DO NOT take the money Ben. Our Democracy is not a joke.

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