Snowflake left moans about dirty politics, after their own dirty politics sets precedent

The snowflake left all fought hard for the right of a video producer to mock the government,  but now that a decision has been made in the courts they are aghast that the decision opens up New Zealand for third party attack ads…like the very one they supported in the first place.

They are crying a river of tears over it.

Opposition parties fear attack advertisements will be a feature of this year’s general election campaign.

So it was OK at the last election when the attack ads were against the government?

In October, the Court of Appeal ruled the Electoral Commission was wrong to have banned the satirical Planet Key song from being broadcast before the 2014 election.

The decision appears to have made it possible for private organisations and individuals to run election advertisements on radio and television.  

Like the unions? Like Kim Dotcom? Like Gareth Morgan?

Labour and the Greens say this development is unwelcome, and will lead to ‘big money’ influencing the outcome of the 2017 election.

Green Party co-leader James Shaw believes his party could be the subject of attacks.

“I think that’s certainly possible – and of course the Electoral Finance Act was originally brought into play because we were the subject of attacks, in the form of leaflet attacks by the Exclusive Brethren.

“I guess the most concerning part of it is that money can have a very big role to play in the election.”

Mr Shaw doesn’t want a repeat of the last “pretty ghastly” election which was dominated by dirty politics allegations, much of it surrounding John Key and his staff.

The term “Planet Key” was first raised in parliament by Metiria Turei at Question Time. Now they are upset that free speech rights have been upheld? What I can’t believe is that James Shaw thinks we should return to the evils of the Electoral Finance Act.

If James Shaw doesn’t want a repeat of the last election then might I suggest he doesn’t listen to whatever book Hager releases this time with stolen information.

If politicians can’t handle attack ads then they don’t deserve to be in parliament. Politics is no place for cry-babies.

Labour’s campaign manager Andrew Kirton is also worried about the possible outcomes.

“It’s great that satire and freedom of expression are protected, but we don’t really want to see a return to the style of politics that we see overseas, where big money and a small number of individuals can influence the result.

Like the unions? Like Kim Dotcom? This, of course, is utter hypocrisy from Labour whose former leader defended the video which has now changed the law:

Labour leader David Cunliffe said the video was “quite clever”, but it was nothing to do with the Labour Party and the party would respect the Electoral Commission’s judgment.

He said it was “pretty hard to suppress the internet”, but didn’t consider the video in the same light as recent controversial comments on Key.

“I thought it was mildly amusing, yes, I didn’t think it was in the category of sledging,” Cunliffe said.

The left-wing have become a bunch of snowflakes who can’t and don’t want to tolerate people calling them out. These two parties don’t believe in free speech, they want to regulate who can speak to the public. They are trying to protect themselves and remove the rights of their opponents. If they want to know how that works out then have a look at the recent election in the United States.

National, for their part, must be enjoying the schadenfreude of a left-wing attack ad designed to denigrate the then Prime Minister changing the law which will now allow third parties to deploy even more attack ads. Instead of carping and moaning about developments they are being pragmatic.

However Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell said voters were smart and would not be unduly influenced by attack ads run by private interest groups.

He said there were strict rules that meant anyone spending more than $12,000 on election adverts had to register with the Electoral Commission.

National was looking into the ruling, campaign manager Steven Joyce said, but he was not particularly worried about the implications.

“We’re used to dealing with full page ads from [the New Zealand Educational institute]or [the Post Primary Teachers’ Association] or whatever.

“There’s always new things in every campaign, but we’ve been used to attacks for a significant period of time. They normally appear on billboards or on print or online.

“If this is true this will mean broadcast media will be able to broadcast them as well.”

Looks like I’ll be able to have some fun this election with attack ads…if I can arrange suitable funding for them.

The left-wing snowflakes are moaning about dirty politics entering the election campaign, which is a bit rich coming from them when they resorted to criminal activity to campaign last election.

They played that game and fought to be allowed to and now they’re crying that their opponents might do the same to them?

To use a kindergarten argument, because we are dealing with petulant children here, they started it and set the legal precedent, now they can see how it’s REALLY done.

 

– Radio NZ, Fairfax

 


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