The Politically Incorrect Show - 02/05/2000
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Good afternoon, KAYA ORAAAA & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Tuesday May 2, 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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The National Party, less than fondly referred to by me as the National Socialist Party, did some soul-searching at its Wellington regional conference in Napier over the weekend. The search didn't take long, as you might imagine, there being nothing to find. The unastounding revelation that National needed better-calibre candidates was aired, & there was much talk of reconnecting, rebuilding, rejuvenating, reinvigorating, reinterpreting, refreshing & renewing ... but of what, exactly? The debilitating, authoritarian Nanny-statism that the National Socialists have dished up in the past? The sickly emptiness of spin-doctored Shipley-speak?
Definitely an affirmative to the latter, it would seem. The Headmistress surpassed herself when challenging her party to become "radical conservatives." This is contradictory on its face. One might as well exhort people to become meat-eating vegetarians or God-fearing atheists. Radical conservatives? What could she have meant by this? Unfortunately, Mrs Shipley's own attempts to elaborate were less than enlightening. "Radical conservatism means reconnecting with our roots & expressing them in a contemporary way to which New Zealanders right across the social spectrum can subscribe, transcending the traditional right & centre-right line, so they think, 'yes, that's me.' "
Well, in fairness to the Headmistress, even she wasn't satisfied with that. So then we got: "If you use the American slang version & someone says, 'wow, radical,' it means 'cool,' it means 'fashionable,' it means it's 'in' & everybody wants to know about it."
Er, yes ... but what IS it, exactly? Were intimations of it to be gleaned from the suggestion of the Woman's Vice-President that party members should exploit their interest in gardening, food, fashion & interior design as a means of "networking" & reaching potential voters?
What a bunch of tossers! The fact is that this party is made up of shallow, social-climbing airheads who think they were born to rule. Years ago, Sir John Marshall tried in vain to take the party back to its constitutional principles of individual liberty, free enterprise & private property. The party gave him short shrift, replaced him as leader with Muldoon & went on to impose arguably the most authoritarian regime ever on this country. Jim McLay tried again after Muldoon's defeat, only to be stabbed in the back by the despicable Neville Bolger, who once said to me that the idea of having consistent principles underpinning all specific policies was "bullshit." Nothing has changed. The National Socialist Party is not interested in principles, but power - power to which it believes it has a divine right. There is poetic justice in the fact that its power-motivated acquiescence to a constituency of bludgers made that constituency so large that National is highly unlikely to regain power in the foreseeable future - for, when there's Labour & the Alliance, who needs National socialists?
No amount of oxymoronic prattle about "radical conservatism" is going to answer that.
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