Monday, August 07, 2006

The Good Vs the Bad & the downright Ugly!

Darnton Vs Clark

This is the first I have mentioned of the Darnton Vs Clark lawsuit in which Libertarianz leader Bernard Darnton is suing Labour leader Helen Clark for misappropriation of funds.

Things are just starting to get a little interesting, so thought I would post this - a press release from the Libertarianz party

Clark's Pledge Card Lies

Lower Hutt businessman and Libertarianz leader Bernard Darnton today
accused Helen Clark of lying to the public over her comments on the
Auditor-General's report on election advertising. Darnton, who filed
papers in the High Court in June suing Helen Clark over her pledge
card spending, said that Helen Clark's interview with Paul Holmes on
Newstalk ZB this morning "contained so much misinformation it's
difficult to know where to start."

"Her first and most outrageous claim is that the 'spending is
allocated to parties to promote their policies'. This is just plain
wrong, wrong, wrong. The spending is allocated to parties for
parliamentary business. It's to run the office, not to run for office.
The rules explicitly state that parliamentary business doesn't include
election advertising. Helen Clark either hasn't read the rules or
thinks they don't apply to her."

Darnton continues, "She also claims that declaring the spending
illegal is 'changing the rules after the event'. Again, wrong, wrong,
wrong. As I said before, the rules explicitly exclude electioneering
and the rules governing appropriation of public money – the Bill of
Rights Act 1688 – have been on the books for three hundred years and
are fundamental to the way we do government. They're the very rules
that separate a democracy from dictatorship. If Helen Clark isn't
aware of these rules either, or doesn't think they apply to her, she's
not fit to govern."

Darnton welcomed the leaked findings of the upcoming Auditor-General's
report into election spending. "I look forward to the release of the
full report. So far it looks very promising. Clark and her cronies
might finally be held accountable for their wrong-doing. We're waiting
for the filing of her statement of defence with the High Court next
week. If she thinks she can mislead the judge the same way she
attempts to mislead the public the trial should be very entertaining."

More information on the case can be found at


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