The Politically Incorrect Show - 11/06/2001
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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Monday June 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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Well, it wasn't quite the rout that was predicted - the British general election, that is - but it was still a rout. Tony Blair's majority went down from 179 to 166 seats - still huge enough to have him trumpeting a "historic mandate." If there were anything historic about this election it was the feebleness of the opposition & the record numbers - 4 out of 10 - who didn't bother to vote, reminiscent of the constituent in Harold Wilson's time who said, "I don't vote at all - it only encourages them."
One could weep for the Tories, badly humiliated a second time, a husk of their former might, facing indefinite oblivion. One could, but one shouldn't. They are, like National here, spineless, headless & thoroughly unappetising, deserving of their ignominy. Their leader, William Hague - now their former leader - once made waves as a teenager at a Tory party conference, exhorting his seniors to "roll back the tide of socialism." His seniors didn't - but THIS is what Mr Hague should have been campaigning on this time, invoking the fierce, proud individualism, the relishing of freedom, the celebration of eccentricity that once made his country great.
Had he done so, however, it's likely that he would have had no audience. For again, one could - but shouldn't - weep for Britain. It has become a nation of cry-babies, burying their empty heads in the protective bosom of Nanny State. David Carr put it best in Issue 45 of The Free Radical, when he said:
"Freedom is dangerous, & the good folk of this Sceptered Isle want none of it, thank you very much. No, they want someone to hold their pudgy little hands, mop their fevered brows, tuck them up between crisp, cool linen sheets & sing them a lullaby of love; coo them with eternal declarations of care & concern. Not so much Big Brother as Big Mother. Civil liberties are merely the bugbear of twisted cranks & holocaust-deniers. No, the real issues are how much the government can hand out & what they could & should ban. For the average British voter is frightened; fearful of the world around him & fearful & mistrusting of his fellow-citizens. For him, government is the Great Protector, the Great Teacher, the Great Saviour. In short, government has become God."
It will take a miracle to salvage anything from this - a man-made one. Britain's few remaining freedom-lovers certainly have their work cut out. As David Carr concluded:
"D-Day looms. WE must prepare to enter the fray, else it is not just liberty that may be lost but the essence of what makes us human. Fail & a Millennium of Darkness beckons. Succeed & you will live to tell your grandchildren about what you did in the war."
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