A Lot of Jolly Hockey Sticks

14 December 2004 00:00:00

AUCKLAND CITY/EDUCATION

A grant of $500,000 given by Auckland City Council to St. Cuthbert’s College in Epsom was condemned today by Libertarianz Deputy Stephen Berry.

Berry says the grant, for partial funding of a new hockey field for the private girls school, “comes from the rates paid by decent, productive people – many of whom struggle to pay their annual rates demands. To spend other people’s money on a private facility which cannot be used by those same people is sickening, although not entirely surprising.”

“It seems a little too convenient for this to be occurring following the election of a mayor and deputy mayor with a Christian view of other people’s money,” notes Berry, “and also a Christian enthusiasm for spending it. I am, of course, referring to mother Hubbard, and that other mother Hucker.”

When Berry stood for the Auckland mayoralty he pledged a massive reduction in council spending and services. “Unfortunately, the majority of people
chose candidates who offered instead ‘an advance auction of stolen goods’. Those goodies are now being distibuted – paid for by the electors, who have only themselves to blame. They have three years to wait for a principled replacement.”

Libertarianz maintain that state schools should be privatised by being given back to parents, and all schools funded by those who choose to use them.

ENDS

Stephen Berry Libertarianz Deputy Leader 02103675720 [email protected]

More Freedom – Less Government www.libertarianz.org.nz