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Loony Left Spend Weekend Imitating Pretzels


Loony Left Spend Weekend Imitating Pretzels

Libertarianz leader Richard McGrath said it was interesting to watch the various largely socialist-leaning politicians and protestors who turned out to register their opposition to the GCSB Bill over the past two days.

"On the one hand, the Left are quite rightly concerned about the escalation of state power this bill represents, and the huge potential it holds for the invasion of New Zealanders' privacy."

"On the other hand, these same people remain unconcerned about - and supportive of - the almost unlimited power enjoyed by Inland Revenue, along with swarms of other government officials, whose mandate is to harass the people of this country and eat out their substance."

"If one can be judged by the company one keeps, it is instructive to see creatures from the Labour and Green Parties, along with trade unionists and other rent-a-mob fringe activists from the loony Left, falling in lockstep behind the jolly German copyright-infringing fraudster and embezzler Kim Schmitz/Dotcom."

"His fellow travellers may be interested to learn that this corpulent crusader against government spying has a criminal conviction for data espionage. Of course, this inconvenient truth will be shrugged off and rationalised by the tribal Left, who regard the enemy of their enemy as a friend - even if he is a wanted criminal on the run."

"It has been amusing to note the same factions who always favour bigger, more intrusive government doing a screeching U-turn to suddenly demand less government - twisting themselves into pretzels as they somehow manage to justify their opposition to domestic surveillance by one office of the state, while supporting equally egregious infringements of individual liberty by other officials."

"For the record, the Libertarianz Party supports any move - including encryption technology such as that used by Schmitz's company Megaupload - to keep the prying eyes of bureaucrats and spooks away from the private business of peaceful citizens. We oppose the further affront to personal freedom this bill represents."

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