Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 28/04/2000

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Good afternoon, KAYA ORAAAA & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Friday April 28, 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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Often I've used the expression "pathetic little authoritarian backwater" to describe the officious, petty-fascist dictatorship that this country is. Just how "pathetic" was brought home to me in an e-mail I received yesterday:

"This should probably be a phone call to your PI Show, but I'm not usually able to listen to the show or call during the day, so I'm emailing it.

"I wanted to place an ad in the local paper, Manukau Courier, for a senior level technician (computer industry). They rang to say I couldn't use the work 'senior' because it contravened the Human Rights Act. It might look like I was only wanting to employ an elderly person. 'But,' I said, 'It's a standard description within the industry - not meaning 'old person' but denoting a level of experience and skill.'

"They requested I change it to 'high-level'. I asked if that might not be understood as 'tall person' and also get me in trouble for discriminating against short people. I mean, once you start wondering about how people might interpret words, there's no limit. I pointed out that the Herald and other publications print ads for 'senior' people all the time. But Manukau Courier won't because they're afraid of being sued. If someone took offence, they could sue my company and the newspaper. Evidently, the only industries that can use the word 'senior' are lawyers, accountants, doctors and hairdressers.

"I rang the Human Wrongs Commission (using caller id suppression) to see if this was true and they said yes to all of the above. They suggested I protect myself by using the word 'experienced'. They couldn't help me differentiate between junior-level experience and senior-level experience. I said it's nothing to do with age. A 60-year-old may be only a junior technician. A 20-year-old may be a senior technician. They could both be 'experienced'. Nevertheless, I was not to use the word 'senior' lest someone complain and the Commission 'take action'.

"Just how real was this risk of being sued?, I wondered. How important is it that I 'protect myself'? So, I asked, 'How many complaints have you received about the use of the word 'senior' in a situations vacant ad for the computer industry?' Answer, 'None.' All of this is about a big ghostly scary thing that has NEVER HAPPENED! We're supporting a commission that exists (partly) to deal with hypotheticals.

"A newspaper afraid to print certain words in case someone takes offence and sue them, backed up by the Human Wrongs Commission.

"Me, making sure I suppress my phone number so it doesn't show up on their caller id, when I call the Commission.

"Living in fear of our own government.

"Whatever happened to free speech?

"Please don't use my name.

"Still looking for a senior technician (and aren't good people so hard to find?)."

There are two things here that are disgusting - one is the legislation that mandates such nonsense (along with the bureaucracy that enforces it); the other is the capitulation to it by the Manukau Courier, reminiscent of Metro magazine's cowardly rolling over when ordered by the nico-nazis to stop publishing cigar reviews. In Edmund Burke's famous words, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." This country IS a pathetic little authoritarian backwater because you the sheeple have allowed it to become one. Whatever happened to free speech indeed? Its flame died by default - for want of eternal vigilance.

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