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It’s Democracy Jim, But Not As We Know It

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9 November, 2001

Alliance At War: It’s Democracy Jim, But Not As We Know It

“The unhappy people at this weekend’s Alliance Party conference will be even unhappier when they realise that their strategists have assigned one of their major debates to the five o’clock shift, ” New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said today.

“Party members incensed at the sell out of Alliance policy and eager to debate New Zealand’s participation in the war against terrorism have been given the ‘media–free’ five- o’clock-on-a-Saturday slot for their discussion.

“This blatant attempt to downgrade such a fundamental debate may well be the last straw for even the most blindly loyal Alliance supporter, whatever his or her name is. With nothing to show for almost two years in government, the Alliance party faithful now have to swallow one more bitter pill. It’s democracy Jim, but not as we know it,” Mr Peters said.


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