The Politically Incorrect Show - 20/10/1999
Music - Die Fledermaus
Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Wednesday October 20, 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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Last night, the biggest-ever political meeting in its history was held on Great Barrier Island. One hundred & forty people, about a quarter of the voting population, turned up for the ABC (Abolish Bureaucratic Crimes) roadshow debate among political party candidates & myself as guest speaker on the topic of individual liberty & private property rights. The topic touches some raw nerves on Great Barrier - bureaucratic scum from the Auckland City Council have been especially vicious in thwarting the productive ambitions of the Islanders. Just before leaving there this morning, I was shown an example. I was taken to a paddock with a naturally occurring pond. Its owner had wanted to deepen & extend it somewhat, plant trees around it, construct a driveway up to it from the road & open it to the public as a place they could sit & watch & feed the ducks. He commenced work without resource consents, only to be dobbed in by some small-minded busybody. The Auckland City Council then bombarded him with all manner of idiotic requirements & at one point threatened him with jail. He has chosen not to proceed with his project. His story is not atypical, as readers of the Les Harrington saga in The Free Radical will know.
So how did the political party candidates fare among the Bolshie Barriers? Well, we'll never know, since none of the candidates turned up. I was not only the guest speaker, I was the only speaker. In the case of the Compulsion-Touters' anointee for this occasion, Angus Ogilvie, we only found out he wasn't coming when ABC founder Adrian Chisholm phoned him yesterday to finalise travel arrangement discussed the night before.
Presumably no party thinks the residents of Great Barrier Island are important enough to make the effort for. I suspect the residents will have their revenge on election day. And I have to say, we didn't miss the others at all. We had a ball, ripping into the RMA & sealing the fates of politicians & bureaucrats. It was a huge pleasure for me to meet such a gutsy & independent bunch of fighters & I look forward to returning many a time.
And I had a vision that will keep me in laughs for a lifetime. Les Harrington picked us up at the airport. I'm sure he won't mind if I say it wasn't exactly Corporate Cabs. In fact, it was the back of a beaten-up old pick-up truck. As we crouched & clung & roared along a metal road, dust swirling everywhere, I was thankful that I was attired in my usual jeans & t-shirt. Then the apparition came to me of the slick Angus Ogilvie similarly crouching & clinging, attired in his mandatory ACT suit. To have actually seen such a spectacle, of course, would be priceless; but merely to imagine it will lighten many a day to come.
To the residents of Great Barrier Island who turned out in such numbers last night, I say thank you - let's get together again soon.
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