The Guardian Political Review

Issue archive
Published by NZ Democrats for Social Credit
Editor: Tony Cardy

The Guardian Political Review

New Zealand's foremost political magazine, specialising in the monetary reform question. It has a world-wide distribution and contains articles from experts in taxation, water purification, health, housing affordability, international energy situations and other current issues not prominently featured elsewhere. We hope you find our archive informative and thought provoking.

We Care!
In 2002, the Democratic - formerly Social Credit - Party had been subsumed in other political groupings for over a decade and was steadily losing its identity. In October that year, everything changed. Conference delegates voted to "go-it-alone" and, in the words of the newly-elected leader Stephnie de Ruyter, "the survival of the Party as a sovereign entity was secured".

It is fitting that the same venue has been chosen for the 2007 Conference, giving members of the now appropriately named Democrats for social credit an opportunity to celebrate five years of independence.

What is the reason for the continued existence of Democrats for social credir? Take a look at the back cover. No party currently represented in Parliament offers these beliefs and policies.

In addition, there are other areas of special interest. such as Binding Citizens Initiated Referenda and opposition to compulsory medication. An example of how these can be linked for public benefit is given in the Leader's Message "The Right to Choose".

Brian Gaynor in the NZ Herald says "We're going broke but nobody cares".
We care!
Back to the future
Number 50 - a significant milestone in the history of this publication. It marks a half-century of issues since 1988, when the size and format of the original Guardian changed and it became the Guardian Bulletin.

Over the years it has widened its appeal and evolved into a magazine-style production, the style and content being reflected by its present name.

Back to the future refers to the fact that the efforts and achievements of many people in the past form the foundation that sustains the present - and provides a springboard for the future.

In this issue we celebrate the 10th birthday of MMP and acknowledge the part played by Democrats for social credit members in bringing the issue of electoral reform to public notice (p.10). Recent headlines, such as: "Democrats to press for local body rates cuts" indicate how appropriate the policies are to present-day problems (p.4) and, in turn, offer hope of a future "free of the cause of fear" (p8)

To this end, party leader Stephnie de Ruyter says, "let's work together .. . making as much noise as possible about the benefits of social credit solutions" (p.3).

So, in Number 50 we pay tribute to the past, report on the present and offer hope for the future.
Hammer and Nail
In this issue, Trevor Crosbie hits the nail on the head when he asks “If Lab/Nat is the answer, why haven’t the problems gone away?” He says we must “hammer the message that supporting Lab/Nat simply means more taxes, more inflation, more controls and restrictions, a more uncertain future, less quality of life, less healthcare, more  crime, etc.”

Take healthcare, for example. Stephnie de Ruyter gives the solution to funding the public health system. It’s not complicated. "It’s that simple”. The current push by the government and its cohorts to extend fluoridation is described by David Tranter as “a web of lies and deceit”. Democrats for social credit opposes “compulsory mass
medication”. It is significant that the European Union has now declared fluoride a ‘medicine’ and its addition to the water supply “unlawful”.

Another policy plank to be hammered home is Binding Citizens Initiated Referendum (BCIR). This has just been adopted by the Wanganui District Council, thereby giving ‘Power to the People’. (Using BCIR, 74% of residents rejected fluoridation!) John Kennedy, the respected former editor of the Catholic publication, The Tablet, summed up our raison d'être: “The writing of Major Douglas, the founding prophet of Social Credit, saw the Socred monetary system as a means by which man would be enabled to develop to the full his intellectual, moral and religious aspects, he saw economic security as essential for the establishment of this individual freedom.”