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We All Know What Grows In The Dark

We All Know What Grows In The Dark

ACT Treaty Spokesman Stephen Franks today welcomed National's new focus on the real Treaty, and Opposition Leader Bill English's denial of the Treaty's apocryphal fourth article.

"This clause is as fanciful as a taniwha, yet it has been seeping into official language. This is not accidental," Mr Franks said.

"Other spurious principles of the Treaty have been fabricated through a similar covert process. Treaty insiders repeat vague reference so often that they can quote each other as authority.

"The Law Commission has been part of that process. In an official report, three years ago, it spoke of Article Four with no hint that the whole thing had no legal foundation.

"Parliament does not ever get to debate or vote on these issues. Of course, until National changed its tune, it would not have made a difference if it had. Even so, the Treaty engineers would not risk a straightforward vote.

"All these references accumulate until politically correct judges seize on the scattered references to construct new meanings and justifications for racist discrimination. Abolishing access to the Privy Council will give Labour's new judges the chance to invent rules as they wish.

"There is a simple solution. The Government and the law must be colour-blind. The Treaty promised we would all equal under the law. Genuine respect for cultural freedom, and the rule of law to restrain the Government, protects liberty to express our various beliefs and cultures," Mr Franks said.

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