Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 11/04/2001

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Wednesday April 11, 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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Three major recent opinion polls indicate that the Labour Party's popularity has risen to the point where, were an election to be held now, it could govern alone, without the participation of its fellow-socialists in the Alliance. Ordinarily one would say this is notwithstanding the scandals, the tax increases, the dereliction of defence of the realm, the deranged racist outpourings of Tariana Turia, the separatism, etc.. But the thought occurs to me that Labour's popularity is rising precisely BECAUSE of these things. Scandals? What Hobbs & Bunkle were accused of was double-dipping on the taxpayer - hardly likely to offend Labour voters who aspire to suck at the state tit as often as possible also. Tax increases? Only for the "rich" - those smart-alec upstart achievers who SHOULD be made to hand over more of their money to Labour voters. Defence? From what? Some foreign tyranny? Why would Labour voters worry about a foreign version of what they so desperately seek here? Tariana & separatism? Hey, most Maoris vote Labour & most non-Maori Labour voters think tribalism is a great thing, so they're all joining the stampede for the gravy-train - if ya can't beat'em, join'em!!

Yes, on reflection Labour's popularity is rising because of the very things you might at first imagine would be held against it. In debunking the myth that we had a "free market revolution" here between 1984 & 1989, I once observed, "If there's been a revolution, it hasn't been inside people's heads." How much more obvious that is now.

In my private world, contrary to what I would wish, I am sometimes gripped by terror - a terror best expressed by sculptor Steven Mallory in Ayn Rand's novel, The Fountainhead. A terror of "being left unarmed in a sealed cell with a drooling beast of prey or a maniac who's had some disease that's eaten his brain out. You'd have nothing then but your voice - your voice & your thought. You'd scream to that creature why it should not touch you, you'd have the most eloquent words, unanswerable words, you'd become the vessel of the absolute truth. And you'd see living eyes watching you, & you'd know that the thing can't hear you, that it can't be reached ... yet it's breathing & moving there before you with a purpose of its own. That's horror. Well, that's what's hanging over the world, prowling somewhere through mankind, that same thing, something closed, mindless, utterly wanton, but something with an aim & a cunning of its own."

That drooling beast is what I see prowling through New Zealand, adorned with a Labour Party logo & to which the other parties are siblings as well. But we who hold aloft the alternative emblem of liberty still have our thoughts & our voices, & we're not yet locked, unarmed, in a sealed cell with the thing. It may be advancing, but it has not yet conquered. There is time to smite it yet.

Isn't there?

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