Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 30/07/2001

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Monday July 30, 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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As you may have read in the Sunday Star-Times yesterday, this is the last week of the Politically Incorrect Show. This Friday's show will be the final one. Shortly after that, I shall be let loose in the heart of darkness itself as Radio Pacific's parliamentary correspondent. There, it will no longer be my job to express my opinions & be a foil for yours, but to report the facts & ask the questions.

There's something in yesterday's Star-Times article I wish to clarify. The reporter, Guyon Espiner, describes my views as "unfettered capitalism, individualism, & passionate hatred of the state." I don't hate the state as such. I hate the state when it oversteps its role & becomes, not the protector of individual rights, but their violator. I would be a "state-worshipper" myself if the state confined itself to its proper functions. It doesn't, so I'm not.

The report also describes me as a "failed politician" on account of the small number of votes cast for Libertarianz. I never saw myself as a politician. Being part-time, unpaid leader of a radical new party, as I was for a time of Libertarianz, doth not a politician make. For another thing, I often remember the remark of a young friend who told me to judge my success not by the number of Libertarianz in Parliament but by the number of people whose lives I've touched. That number, too, may not be great - but each of those people goes on to touch the lives of others. That IS happening. I would say I threw a small pebble into a large pond & created ripples that may yet turn into waves. In the battle for freedom, it is far too early to assess success or failure. I have more to say about this in my editorial for the new Free Radical which is out today.

On Friday, August 10, supporters of the PI Show will be throwing a commemorative bash at Eden's restaurant in Auckland. You're all invited. There's a $15 door charge, & the promise of a great night's carousing. In the meantime, for the rest of this week, the show goes on. Let's make each one a sizzler.

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