Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 06/10/2000

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Friday October 6, 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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Many of you will have seen the full-page spread placed in yesterday's Herald by the many hundreds of young people who signed it. Headed up A Generation Lost? it was a plea to our socialist government to reverse the brain drain by reversing its policy direction. "Our message to our political leaders is this," it said: "New Zealand must stop sliding backwards. Our leaders need to set an environment that inspires our young people to remain here & attracts back those who have left. We must change those things that are discouraging investment, hard work & job creation & are contributing to the generally negative feeling about New Zealand both here & abroad."

These concerned youngsters don't specify what those "things" are, but we all know, don't we? The tax hike, the restoration of union domination, the renationalisation of ACC, the increased meddling in business affairs generally, the stoking of the pseudo-Mordi gravy-train at taxpayer & ratepayer expense - all of these have compounded a situation where it was already virtually impossible to set up in business. A few weeks back I had occasion to quote a letter from a businessman to the Herald, headed up Sick Of Working For The Government. Let me remind you what he said:

"In the past 18 months I have started a small business in an industry which is new to New Zealand. I have invested all my savings (& borrowed money) in plant, equipment & vehicles. In my first full year of operation, the company could only afford to pay me a minimum wage, yet during that time I spent a huge proportion of my time & effort collecting, administering & paying to the Government twice what I could afford to pay myself. Payments to the Government include road user tax, ACC levies, Fringe Benefit Tax, PAYE, GST, residual claims levies for ACC injuries that occurred before my company even started, & company tax. This does not include workers' insurance, which is effectively another tax. I even have to collect weekly, on behalf of the Government, payments for my workers' former student loans, & traffic fines. So, since I have set up this company the Government has invested no capital in it, taken no risk, made twice as much as me from it, & not had to make any effort to even collect its money. The only contact a small business has with Government is the never-ending stream of demands for all the different taxes. Clearly it is a joke to say this Government (or even the last one) supports small businesses."

And back in April a feature article in the Dominion entitled Business Choked By Red Tape quoted a tax adviser as saying, "You would have to be a masochist to set up in business & employ staff in New Zealand these days." The article went on to show why.

Who in his right mind would want to hang around in such a backwater? We are labouring under a government of parasites voted in by other parasites - hordes & hordes of them. Until we have a government - & a populace - that shows some respect for business & (more fundamentally) for individual liberty, this country will remain pathetic. Listening to these airwaves at breakfast time, I'm not holding my breath for such a change to occur.

When this particular gang of socialists ousted the previous one, the new Deputy Prime Minister exhorted those who had already left for overseas to return home. One of them responded in my magazine The Free Radical with an article called Not On Your Nellie, Neanderton. That's the answer Neanderton will continue to get while he resurrects the former policies of the Kremlin.

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