Referenda and Free Speech
3 September 2018
What do referenda have in common with free speech?
A surprising amount actually.
Consecutive Governments’ reluctance to recognise the clearly expressed wishes of the general populace is a soft form of control. It seems easily defended with the arguments that, “We have been chosen to govern,” and, “Only those in Government have all the information required to make informed decisions.” However, both arguments ignore the fact that Government has been chosen to represent the people, not rule over them.
Failure by Governments to honour their commitments to constituents shows an arrogance and an “I know best” attitude that is echoed when they try to control what the population can hear.
Elected officials that think they should decide what the populace hear are definitely choosing the path of dictatorship rather than democracy, and that is why the free speech movement is so important, for those in leadership as well as the populace.
History shows that thought and media control has been disastrous for the world, has led to major conflicts, and has cost millions of lives. Stopping the migration to destruction must start early, and for New Zealand that time is now when law abiding citizens rein in government and remind them that they are chosen by the people, for the people.
New Conservative will continue to stand for free speech and binding referenda, both great tools in the hands of a vocal population, and vital for good democracy. Welcome to the movement!