A young Christurch ACT party member, Andy Moore is testing Labour’s Electoral Finance Act with his Don’t Vote Labour website.
The Electoral Commission has contacted Andy demanding that he publish his name and RESIDENTIAL (No PO Box numbers allowed) address on the website to comply with the law.
Andy lives at home with his parents, who understandably don’t want their address publicised for any fruitcake to see on a politically contentious website.
Andy stands to be fined up to $10,000 if he doesn’t publish his name and address.
He (and his parents) risk abusive calls and letters, possible property damage or worse if he does.
This is the guts of Labour’s appalling bill.
The left is prone to violence and abuse-that’s how they work. Anyone who stands up to them is a potential target.
In 1987 new MP Ross Meurant made a speech in Parliament criticising several Maori radicals. The next day his garage was burnt down.
That is why Andy and people like him are required to put their address against their opinions-for the intimidating effect that goes with it.
We have anonymous voting, so that people may not be intimidated, harassed or ostracised because of their political opinions.
Everyone understands that basic principle.
That is why we must allow anonymous donations and expression of opinion-so that people may support the causes they choose without fear of economic, social, political or physical retaliation.
Over the years I’ve received the odd death threat.
It hasn’t stopped me, but it certainly makes you more security conscious.
In recent weeks I’ve been targeting local anarchists for their links to the “Urewera 17“-those people alleged to have been training with pistols, automatic rifles and molotov cocktails in the Bay of Plenty back blocks.
Apparently the anarchists are upset, judging from the current thread on their website Indymedia;
…also they (my wife and I) live in a freakishly clean suburb called Northwood where there are rules for everything from the car you park in the driveway to the amount of money you spend on landscaping. Would anyone like the address? phone number?
Another has added;
He (myself) has a file in the Suspected Child Molester data base at CTF, in another words, he likes young boys
As the parent of young children you can see how this sort of carry on might be intimidating on several fronts.
I’m stating here that I no longer live in Northwood, because I don’t want someone else to suffer harassment or property damage on my account.
I hope I have made my point. The left will attack or intimidate those who oppose them.
To require the left’s opponents to make themselves open targets to any nutter under the sun, will have an inhibiting effect on freedom of expression.
Just as it was intended to.
For the sake of liberty, Labour’s Electoral Finance Act must go.