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We Like Ike (This Time)

Published: Tue 17 Dec 2002 09:52 AM
We Like Ike (This Time)
"The Libertarianz support Ike Finau's erecting of signs on his own property," says Libertarianz spokesman Stephen Berry today. "The Auckland City Council's prohibition of signs on Ike's private property - because those signs are critical of the Auckland City Council - is typical of the fascism we see growing from Government bodies in this country."
"Ike's right to free speech is, in this case, underpinned by the fact he is exercising this right on his own property. Private property rights are a cornerstone of liberty in a free society," says Berry. "These rights cannot be compromised by the morals of a few councillors."
Penny Bright has called on all political parties to respect the unrestricted right to freedom of speech on private property. "The Libertarianz will support her and the Water Pressure Group on this issue," confirms Berry, "But only this issue." Berry explains his caveat by pointing out that Ms. Bright values the concept of private property in this case when defending Ike's freedom of expression, but dismisses the concept when she demands 'collective ownership' of water. Further, he observes, Bright and co "violated the concept when her Water Pressure Group launched a noisy attack on a dying Phil Raffils on his own property."
Stephen confirms in conclusion that he "looks forward to Penny Bright reflecting on this inconsistency, and seeing her change to the ranks of the pro-privatisation brigade."

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