Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 30/06/1999

Music - Die Fledermaus

Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Wednesday June 30, proudly sponsored by Tuariki Tobacco 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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Given the Politically Correct state-worship that usually dominates the pages of The Daily Marxist, sometimes known as The Herald, it was a refreshing surprise to pick the thing up this morning & see it giving coverage to an opinion piece by Sir Robert Jones in Standards New Zealand's magazine in which, says the Daily Marxist, "Sir Robert, a self-professed libertarian, criticises a raft of rules & regulations. While he agreed with having a rule governing which side of the road to drive on, he took issue with the law requiring drivers to wear seatbelts. 'Rules beget rules, thus today's hand-wringing Nanny State tells me I must wear a seatbelt (but I don't & won't on the principle that it's none of their business) because it's good for me.' He says standards, whether mandatory or not, were just another form of regulation. 'It is not good enough to argue that my not wearing a seatbelt means others have to clean up the mess 9my bloody corpse) or pick up the hospital bill,' the article continues. 'They don't: they choose to without consultation with me & I certainly don't seek their involvement.' ... Sir Robert also said personal responsibility had been replaced by rules which were often unnecessary. 'So too with the absurd fire drills with city buildings. People practising walking down steps is ludicrous.' "

Bravo, Sir Robert! Problem is, you can't rely on the bugger to be consistent. His New Zealand Party manifesto promised to set up a "state art bank" that would buy up the works of struggling New Zealand artists. Is that not Nanny-Statism? Just a few months ago Bob was advocating the compulsory registration by the state of all journalists. Is that not Nanny-Statism of the most sinister kind? As I put it at the time, "To advocate the compulsory registration by the state of the Fourth Estate is about as low as you can sink," & I performed one of my notorious combustions.

And why would the blighter accept an honour from Nanny State?

Bob is a supremely colourful character who, when on form, can write more hilariously than anyone else in New Zealand. If I have time today I'll read some of his best material out on air. His quoted comments this morning are right on the button. But with his perverse determination to be inconsistent on principle, I hesitate to consider him an ally. More's the pity.

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