Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 09/10/2001

Music - Die Fledermaus

Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show for Tuesday, October 9, 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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It's good that the Bush Administration bided its time & refrained from lashing out in a blind fury against the Taliban & its godfather bin Laden - a justly righteous fury that proceeds with its eyes open is all the more effective for that. Once again, however, there was no fury, blind or otherwise in Helengrad today - the Prime Minister, asked if she supported the U.S./British strikes in Afghanistan, still chose not to volunteer a resounding "Yes!" & couched her answer instead in terms of Security Council resolutions. I guess she's finding it difficult to shed her coffee-picking-for-the-Sandinistas, anti-U.S. baggage.

With macabre appropriateness it was precisely today that pink slips were delivered to 180 members of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, as part of the government's plan to ditch the force's strike capacity. Prior to the advent of the Labour/Alliance coalition, that capacity was to be enhanced by the acquisition of 28 F16s from the Americans at a bargain basement price of about $650 million spread out over ten years (12 F16s have just been sold to Oman for $1.2 billion). The new government - the same government that has just committed $850 million to renationalising a civilian airline - defaulted on the deal, saying it was too costly. For once, today, the National opposition was equal to the occasion, demanding that the government cancel the redundancies & retain an air strike capacity. With mad Muslims of the Taliban ilk on the march in Indonesia this is certainly no time to be assuming that our region is "benign" & that we will never be threatened. In any event, it is always a government's first duty to "be prepared," visible enemy or no.

"Find your balls, National," I exhorted last week. Let us hope that, having picked up THIS ball, the National Party will run with it - with eyes-open fury.

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