A non party response to dontvotelabour.org.nz.
As left as I am, I will never tell anyone how they can vote, this is not mine nore anyone’s right. I would encourage anyone and everyone to get out and vote, this is our democratic right, and despite what nostalgists like Garth George think, MMP is a good system, your vote does count.
However (and here’s the irony and beauty of our democracy) there are some out there, despite their protestations to the contrary, have the freedom of speech and gall to tell you who to vote for, or worse who not to vote for. You will probably have heard the cries of martyrdom from the folks at www.dontvotelabour.org.nz. It seems their quest for martyrdom was only temporary and they are up and running their democratic (if not arrogant) right to tell you why you shouldn’t vote for Labour.
[Remember folks, I am in no way shape or form connected with the Labour Party (or any party) and haven’t voted for them for years, so this ain’t no ‘protect Helen and Labour’ post].
Despite their funky graphics, their claims are largely false and can be argued against in any manner, so here goes.
Actually no they haven’t invaded your home, well no less than they have passed laws from you accessing Kiddie Porn (pedophiles would say that’s an invasion), or they passed a law stopping you from shooting up most nights at home (addicts would say that’s an invasion), or they have a body which censors the very TV, magazines, books and video games you consume every day at home (what is the line in the sand for censorship, someone’s love of violence is another persons repulsion).
Who cares if 83% think that a smacking ban is wrong. 77% of Kiwis thought that being Homosexual should still be illegal, despite the Govt passing the Homosexual Law Reform Bill. Over time society was proven wrong, and even The Herald (Labours highest profiled and most public critic) had an editorial to the effect of “it’s here now get over it”. Not sure how many flying squads are screaming around the streets of NZ tonight, ready to bash down your door “invasion” style to stop you smacking, none I would imagine.
Are they taking the piss, or are they just bloody stupid, or a combination of all of the above? What is this if it isn’t freedom of speech? Last time I looked I was still able to talk about politics to whomever and whenever I wanted, as if that’s a fun topic to bring up at a BBQ. Seemingly the only people apparently gagged over this misconception are the scared middle class intelligentsia, whom think that the ability to type and connect to the internet gives them greater rights than the rest of us.
Also these folk are the ones inhibiting free speech. They were shut down when it wasn’t a blog, and now they are a blog, they don’t know how to turn on comments (apparently), so you have to email through comments. From what I can see, they don’t seem to have any negative comments posted, only the good ones. If they were a blog, they would have comments turned on and freedom of speech would prevail. This site is a very thinly veiled misinformation campaign, full of contradictions.
Apart from some legal issues, and the massive issue of the right of Maori to take their grievance to a third party, this is actually a good thing, and one which if we are to peruse true republican independence (which I guess these folks would like – I can’t see them being monarchists, but I could be wrong), then the establishment of our own Supreme Court is a necessary step to be taken. Unless you believe in the American system of politically appointed justices, or the seemingly conspiracists approach they are taking, the courts in this country are politically neutral (what was their ruling on the Foreshore and Seabed if not a telling off for the govt), and thus the politicians have not given themselves more power.
Well, this goes in the Who Bloody Cares category. Ask any fireman, pet owner or person whose house and property has been damaged by fireworks and they will tell you this is a good thing. It’s hardly the end of the world and it’s not really going to bring down the govt. My National voting firefighting relative will agree that they should be banned. There is nothing more annoying than for weeks after Guy Fawkes (another old country relic) waiting for the bloody fireworks to stop so the kids can get some sleep without being terrified. But that’s a personal opinion.
This site is full of inaccuracies and merely personal gripes. It’s wish for martyrdom and infamy rely on their false claims being true, which of course they aren’t. This is just like all of the other gripe sites out there. There’s a guy out there who’s life seems to be taken up with the legal pursuit of the govt over this and that, there are people wanting to hit their children (extend that right to all humans and see how far society gets), there are even folk out there wanting to show you pics of very young naked children. Just because they have a web site doesn’t make them right (or necessarily wrong), and it certainly isn’t the road to the moral high ground.
One last partying shot, I couldn’t resit tweeking their little banner across the bottom as well, just in the interest of balance (remember I don’t vote for Helen), and some facts (which this site is lacking), but still.
So my challenge to you is to get out and vote, but for pity’s sake make an informed vote. Don’t let the scare mongers on talk radio frighten you into voting for the most vindictive and retributionist Politician, or the ones that are going to lead to economic nirvana at the expense of the social cohesion of the country.
Because despite what the buggers say, this is a great place to live.