Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 03/08/2001

[Music - Die Fledermaus]

Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Friday August 3, 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.

[Music up, music down!]

Well, folks, this is it - the last-ever Politically Incorrect Show. Since we announced on Monday that it would all be over on Friday, I have received many moving e-mails that have persuaded me, contrary to what I'm sometimes tempted to think, that it's been worthwhile. It has made a difference - small, perhaps, but discernible nonetheless. Here's part of a message that arrived with one of my gifts yesterday, which captures the spirit of all the others, &, I like to think, of the Show itself:

"I am one of those whose lives you have deeply touched. I have so enjoyed the last couple of years which have enabled me often to organize my day around 12-2pm near a radio. Some days I would even go to my car if at work and just be in time to hear your editorial even if I could not hear the entire programme. Other days I would be miffed if you were not there or, if there was a day I had not been able to listen and you were absent too I felt relieved that I had not missed anything, though upset to hear, for example, if you had been unwell! You see, it may sound ludicrous, but the reality is (and I am sure it is not just for me) that you have become like a friend for so many of us. There are those who bring you steak & kidney pie, and cheesecake, there are days I knew you were grumpy and Fridays when you tried so to keep it light-hearted and you sometimes ended up with a 'timber yard' day.

"It is like we know you well. But I for one have so appreciated the fact that you were there day after day encouraging us to stand up for individual freedom and personal responsibility. You were a voice of sense and sanity out there when most other media poured out populist garbage. I will miss your humour, your wit, and passion for what you believe in. I will miss your eloquence and inspiration in each editorial. I often wondered how you managed to come up with such magic day in and day out. You have inspired me to think outside the realm of what I had learned up until recently and critically consider my responses to the various situations I find myself in both personally and in business. You have introduced me to Ayn Rand, Objectivism, Robert Ingersoll, more of Mario than I had known of before, the Freedom News Daily, the intimate details of international cricket matches and much more. I am in the food business and although we differ on our views of coffee (I am not a coffee snob but I can't drink the instant stuff!) I've also found your programmes dedicated to finding the best pie great fun. Aren't you lucky to be going to Wellington to be able to try out the best pie shop in NZ! I once even said to my husband, who sometimes tires of me reading your words of wisdom to him and enthusing about your way with words, 'If I knew I was dying, I would ask for one special thing and that would be to spend the evening with Lindsay Perigo, to talk and talk and discuss life and absorb from him.' He replied, 'Why wait until you are dying?!'

"I will miss your music. I too despair at the direction of modern music(?) and though I perhaps am more tolerant and wider in my listening spectrum than you may be for various reasons, the 2nd Movement of the Emperor Concerto brings a tear to my eye anytime, and I can't play the Appassionata without feeling all funny inside. I had a classical training in music myself. I loved your musical conversations with Colin and the days when there was more music than horseracing or greyhounds and I so look forward to Friday. Any chance of playing on this last day the Duet from the Pearl Fishers?

"I hope to be more actively able to partake in ensuring that the flame that you have lit in my mind and in that of others does not die out on Friday when you leave, but continues to change people's lives and make them aware that there is another way to think."

In response, I offer two things to ALL of you: heartfelt thanks, & an equally heartfelt exhortation - DON'T let it die.

[Bring up Pearl Fishers, 3' 15" to end.]
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