Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 07/02/2000

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Monday February 7, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd, the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.

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Two items in the Sunday papers made my blood boil.

One: "Disabled dad Steve Harper has smoked 40 cannabis joints every day for 14 years to ease his pain - & has no plans to stop. Last month he began an agonising 15-month jail term, cut off from the only painkiller he says has worked since a near-fatal motorbike crash - Steve was jailed for 15 months at Napier district court after being found guilty of possessing 3kg of dried cannabis plants at his Waipukurau home."

Two: "Smoking in restaurants & cafes will be banned under tough new measures planned by Health Minister Annette King. 'I feel it's my role & duty to promote a reduction in tobacco consumption which is a major cause of ill-health in New Zealand,' she told the Sunday Star-Times. King said her proposal was strongly supported by Prime Minister Helen Clark, who led anti-smoking legislation 10 years ago."

A third item gave me hope: "A few wines with dinner followed by a late night scotch set Prada up to create America's Cup history as the Italians yesterday forced the Louis Vuitton yachting finals against AmericaOne into a deciding ninth race today." Hope turned to ecstasy later in the day as Prada cruised flawlessly to a decisive win in the most thrilling, brutal, nail-biting challenger series ever - & the Italian crew opened a man-sized magnum of champagne, alternately dousing in it & drinking it. What a contrast between that joyous spectacle & that of killjoy politicians jailing a cripple for using cannabis as a painkiller & banning cigarette-smoking in restaurants. There you see the best & worst of humanity. On the one hand, the most exquisite element-conquering science & technology the human mind has yet produced, operated by bright, fit youngsters unashamedly fuelled by a little wine & whiskey; on the other, a politician, part of an authoritarian, puritanical, mean-spirited government that at this rate will have banned wine & whiskey by the time of the next America's Cup.

It takes nothing to be an Annette King, other than officiousness, power-lust & a complete absence of conscience as she sets about trampling on restaurateurs' rights to set the standards in their own restaurants. And what sort of creature it takes to sentence a pain-riddled accident victim to 15 months in jail because his preferred painkiller happens to be illegal I shudder to contemplate, especially after the sensible discharge-without-conviction precedent set by Judge Harvey. Nor do I care to dwell on the sick mentalities that support the continuation of laws that permit this to happen. All I know is that these mentalities are in government over us.

"Joy and bliss on board Prada!" exulted John MacBeth as the yacht swirled back to the Viaduct Basin. And as I watched the joy & bliss on the faces of the thousands of waiting onlookers basking in the glow of the magnificence of both teams' achievements in taking this series right to the wire, I thought, this surely, not the Annette Kings & Laila Harres & Helen Clarks of this world, is quintessential humanity?

More thrills await as Team New Zealand prepares to face the Italian challenge for the big one. I venture to suggest that our boys' chances will be greatly enhanced if they imbibe a little more wine & whiskey than killjoys Clark & King might approve of.

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