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Life In The Green Gulag

"For anyone who has ever wondered what life under green rule would look like, with the release yesterday of the Greens' environmental policy they now have their answer: 'Rules, rules, and more rules'," says Libertarianz environment spokesman Peter Cresswell.

"Nanny Fitzsimons apparently sees no 'problem' that can't be solved by letting a bureaucrat or six loose upon it," identifies Cresswell. "Greens' policy releases should perhaps be subheaded 'Bring on the Green Gulag' since that is where every new tax, every new prohibition and every new rule will take us: A life ruled by committee; with a wet-nurse in the chair. It really makes you wonder what motivates Fitzsimons' followers - 'the environment', or the rules?"

Cresswell suggests the Greens' theme song is perhaps a paraphrase of the Wilson Picket hit: Ninety-Nine-and-a-Half Rules Won't Do - You Got to Have a Hundred! "Apparently this is what really gets them dancing," he says.

Cresswell says that if 'the environment' is what they are concerned about then Fitzsimons' followers might observe that "the freest countries are far and away the cleanest, whereas it is the most authoritarian countries that are clearly the environmental basket cases. We will not serve either our environment or ourselves very well by making New Zealand an authoritarian basket-case, as Ms. Fitzsimons would have us do."

"The Green prescription for everything is always less freedom and more government - as if that is any way to achieve rude health! The way to protect the environment and ourselves is not with more rules, but with fewer," says Cresswell, "not with weaker property rights but with stronger; not with less freedom and more government, but with more freedom and less government!"

"The best way to protect the environment is to de-polticise it," he says. "And the best way to protect our freedom is to ensure we do not institute any gulags - whatever their colour. We don't need another gulag!"

It's enough to make you vote Libertarianz !


For further information please contact: Peter Cresswell Libertarianz Spokesman to Deregulate the Environment (09) 631 0034, organon@ihug.co.nz

www.libertarianz.org.nz www.libz.org

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