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Support Freedom? Forget Boscawen!

Support Freedom? Forget Boscawen!

Stephen Berry
Independent candidate, Tamaki

“Recently Act Tamaki candidate John Boscawen has told the New Zealand Herald that if he were to win the seat of Tamaki this election he would not force a by-election and stay in Parliament. Those advocates of individual freedom who support the Act party would be mistaken if they think giving their electorate vote to Boscawen would be a vote for freedom,” says Independent Tamaki candidate Stephen Berry.

“John Boscawen has a long track record of quiet hostility to personal freedom, despite becoming the Parliamentary Leader of the Act party. He uses the right rhetoric when he speaks, but his actions demonstrate otherwise.” The only option for Act voters and advocates of individual liberty in Tamaki is to give their electorate vote to Stephen Berry.

“Unlike John Boscawen, I have been vehemently opposed to the Alcohol Reform Bill from the start. I have stood up for the right of individuals to choose what they put into their bodies. I have maintained that dairies should be allowed to keep selling alcohol. I’ve told busy body bloody community groups that it is none of their business how many liquor licenses are issued. What did Boscawen do? He voted for the bill to be sent to a select committee.”

Stephen Berry is an advocate of property rights having recently argued for them in front of a hostile Auckland City Council. “I have also previously spoken out in the defence of those who have been prosecuted for cutting down their own trees on their own property. What would Boscawen do with a person who dared to exercise such liberty? Jail them!”

“When Tyrant Tariana’s bill to create another plethora of regulations surrounding tobacco was put before Parliament, including the banning of the display of tobacco in shops, what did John Boscawen do? He split from other members of the Act caucus and voted for the Smokefree Environments amendment. I am on public record as being a supporter of the total deregulation of tobacco and other substances, whether medical or recreational, for adults.”

Where was John Boscawen when Don Brash made his landmark speech on cannabis decriminalisation? “He didn’t stand by his leader and affirm a belief in the principles of personal sovereignty. Publically, he refused to give an opinion on the matter at the same time he announced his resignation. Privately, he was fiercely opposed to the content of the speech and, as campaign manager, effected the firing of its writer, Lindsay Perigo. Conversely, I issued a press release commending Brash for his position the day after he announced it.”

“Finally, John Boscawen is even willing to abandon the Act party’s theoretical commitment to free market capitalism by backing the National Government’s $1.5 billion expenditure on broadband infrastructure,” says Berry. This occurred when Mr. Boscawen voted for the Telecommunications (TSO, Broadband and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. “This was despite him saying in the house that there was a lack of economic analysis done by the Ministry for Economic Development and being aware of evidence supplied by the Motu Group, who did an empirical study on the issue, that increased broadband speed was likely to have a negligible effect on economic growth.”

“One of the reasons Boscawen gave for supporting this flagrant piece of shoddy crony capitalism is that it was a policy the National party campaigned on in 2008 and they got 46% of the vote. Clearly an electorate vote for Boscawen will only get you another National party tool. If you want one of those, vote for Simon O’Connor. If you want an MP who genuinely stands for freedom, vote Stephen Berry.”

Berry finishes by saying, “John Boscawen stated at the start of this campaign that he is retiring. He removed himself from the party list and stood as an electorate candidate chasing the party vote. A vote for Boscawen is a vote for someone who is not truly interested in representing you. A vote for Boscawen is a vote for statism. A vote for Boscawen is a vote for someone who would rather sleep with the National party than fight for your freedom.”

To vote for freedom, vote Stephen Berry, Independent for Tamaki, this Saturday.


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