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National – the Party of free speech?! Yeah, right.




Around 8pm on 13 September, this blogger posted on National’s Facebook page – see: NZNATS. I left a message leaving links to two of my recent blogposts,

They must not’ve like the message nor my questions. The post I made vanished within minutes. No explanation offered by the operators of that FB page.

I left a comment querying the disappearance of my posting,



That was gone under sixty seconds,




One more try.

This post referred to National party policies regarding unemployed, solo-mums, and other beneficiaries. A pertinent topic worthy of debate, I thought?



The result? Another disappearance,




It seems  that National is not a Party that brooks dissent or welcomes questioning of it’s policies. This is symptomatic of a Party that has lost trust in the public and fears people.

The term for this state of affairs, I believe, is a seige mentality.



= fs =

  1. 13 September 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Neither National nor John Banks ( Same thing) want to hear criticism or answer questions. Their idea of consultation is much as Parata inferred on Campbell Live tonight re the school closures or amalgamations just as they did on Asset sales..they will consult with communities, hear objections and then do EXACTLY what they wish because of their one man ‘mandate’..
    Webpages and walls are only for cheerleaders & groupies.

  2. 13 September 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I use facebook a lot and have problems with it so it might not be censorship but I will try posting something similar and see what they do. Should be interesting. 🙂

    • 13 September 2012 at 10:31 pm

      They didn’t censor you as such: I looked through the page and it looks as if they only allow MPs and authorised party officials to start a post. So they would’ve deleted your post even if you prostrated yourself in front of them and hailed John Key as the Great Helmsman.

      • 13 September 2012 at 11:18 pm

        Interesting; and yet their page accepted my posting?!

        “Great Helmsman”? I’ve only just gotten used to calling him Dear Leader… 😀

  3. Gos
    14 September 2012 at 1:25 pm

    You engage in exactly the same dort of thing on this site Frank. How do you explain this?

  4. 14 September 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Gos :

    You engage in exactly the same dort of thing on this site Frank. How do you explain this?

    Gosman, I need explain nothing to you. You were declared persona non grata because of personalised comments you made; a couple of lies you posted; and worst of all, sunshine – you bored the f**k out of me.

    • Theodore
      14 September 2012 at 8:37 pm

      You got a stalker there, Frank?

  5. 14 September 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Democracy in New Zealand will be dead unless people are prepared to hit the streets this summer. I am not advocating revolution, but I am advocating seriously heavy use of our right to peaceful assembly, as per the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    What do we want?


    When do we want it?


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