Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 21/02/2000

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Monday February 21, 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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Is there anything the politicians won't poke their noses into in pursuit of Political Correctness? It seems the Minister of Internal Affairs has written a letter on behalf of himself, the Minister of Sport, Fitness & Leisure & the Prime Minister to 40 sports bodies saying the national anthem should be sung in both English & Maori before major sports events in future. Why? "National sporting teams like yours provide a vital role in inspiring young & old & defining our national identity. A clear consistent approach in the way the national anthem is performed would be welcome."

What, pray, does any of this have to do with Trevor Mallard, Mark Burton or Helen Clark? Come to that, why do we have a Minister of Sport, Fitness & Leisure at all? What I do with my leisure is not the concern of any scumbag politician, nor what if any sport I play, nor how or if I keep fit. As it happens I attend a gym. I wonder how long it will be before the Minister of Sport, Fitness & Leisure is writing to the gym's proprietors acquainting them with the government's preferred mix of cardiovascular activity, weight training & stretching exercises for the clients? Prohibiting the current separation of the men's gym from the women's? Laying down the ethnic mix of the clientele, not to mention, of course, the staff? Come to think of it, would it not be simpler for the government to just nationalise the gyms & use them to implement a Nazi-style Strength Through Joy programme? Imagine the delights of compulsory daily aerobics with your friendly government instructor Laila Harre beamed out from the Beehive. Or, if you've been especially naughty, Ruth Dyson. And there'd be none of this nonsense of designer gear, no Adidas or Nike - they too would be nationalised & made to produce uniforms of gray to government specifications.

The really scary thing about this letter from the Minister of Internal Affairs is that he was at great pains to say it was not a directive - and one of its recipients demanded to know, why not??!! The chief executive of the New Zealand Rugby Union said he would have preferred a strong directive from the government. "It is their national anthem after all & perhaps they should have tried to be a bit braver than that," he is quoted as saying. No suggestion that the Union was perfectly capable of deciding how the anthem should be performed on its turf (or even whether it should be performed at all), & political parasites should butt out - au contraire, a pathetic sheeple-bleat begging for the government to be more bossy than it has actually been.

A caller late last week said that she believed people should do whatever the government told them to do because it was the government telling them to do it. When I asked her if she would walk into gas chambers at the government's behest, she said no, she would draw the line at that. I wonder if she would, & how she could, given her first premise? A very strange thing has happened, not just in New Zealand but around the western world: a protracted "Cold War" has been fought & won against communism, but communism has won another war going on simultaneously, the war for philosophical domination. We are now well & truly a nation of sheeple who do whatever the government tells us to do because it is the government telling us to do it, who believe that it is perfectly proper for politicians to dictate how music should be performed, that of course we should have a Minister of Sport, Fitness & Leisure & that we should have a Minister of Breakfasts as well.

Frankly, I'm about done fighting this. The baaaaing of the sheeple begging to be bossed about is just too loud ever to be quelled. I surrender. I shall listen in future to the national anthem being performed in English & Maori at the government's behest by government-approved performers in a government-approved key & I shall savour my government-defined "national identity." But I suspect that deep down, part of the identity that is me, Lindsay Perigo, sovereign individual, will always wonder, "Does it really have to be this way?"

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