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Barnardos drop legal threat re ‘Vote No’ Video

For Immediate release.................... For Scoop Politics


25 June 2009

Satirists for Section 59 Debate

"Barnardos drop legal threat re ‘Vote No’ CIR Video"

A stunning satirical video posted on the YouTube website that lampoons the arrogant, 'professional' "we know best" "YesVote" child 'experts', who hate the thought of the majority of NZ parents voting "NO!!" to Sue Bradford's anti-smacking law in the forthcoming CIR, has got up the noses of Barnardos officials. They formally contacted the author and star of the video, a Mr Renton Maclachlan from Porirua, who interviews a fictitious Mr Dennis Morris-Traveler - spokesperson for the Vote Yes lobby group... Barnardos demanded that he immediately remove his offending video from YouTube. They also contacted YouTube directly to try and get the video removed.

They followed the initial contact with a lawyer’s letter threatening legal action. The Barnardo's lawyer said to Maclachlan that her clients' rights were violated by him purporting to be an employee of Barnardos, to officially speak for it and represent its view. Maclachlan sought legal advice and after an exchange of letters, Barnardos decided to proceed no further.

The YouTube Title and Description for the video are as follows:

NZ Correction Referendum: Vote Yes? No! SATIRE

BEWARE. WARNING. SATIRE. COMEDY. Renton Maclachlan conducts an in-depth, enlightening, and entertaining interview with Dennis Morris-Traveler of Baanaadoze and spokesperson for the Yes Vote campaign…

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For those with a more serious frame of mind wanting concise information explaining why they should vote "No" (and NOT "Yes") in the forthcoming Citizen's Initiated Referendum (CIR) ... view Maclachlan's other videos on YouTube.

The NZ 'anti-correction law' - 'What it says!' - your 'unemotional' guide to Section 59
‘Renton Maclachlan brings a brief, clear, unemotional, analysis for Kiwis of Sue Bradford's 'anti-correction law'. See it for yourself and find out what it means! Be confused no more! And vote 'NO!' in the referendum in August!’

The NZ 'anti-correction law' - 'Why correction is needed.'
‘Renton Maclachlan brings a clear and concise, fast paced, in your face yet unemotional, analysis of the worldviews behind both the old and the new Section 59s.’ )


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