Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 22/11/1999

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Monday November 22, 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 week I observed that ACT, while having some policies that could be described with historical & philosophical accuracy as "fascist," was actually the least fascist of the main parties & much less fascist than the Greens. If someone were to run a competition for being the most dishonest party, the most cleverly cynical, however, then ACT would win by a crooked country mile. "Values, not politics," is their slogan - that's the biggest lie of all.

Their pollsters told them that one of the things that gets voters rarked up most of all is the Waitangi gravy-train. Fair enough too. ACT decided to hit the issue hard. Again, fair enough. But their stance on this is all cosmetics & no substance. There's no suggestion that the gravy-train will be derailed; just that it should be made to travel faster. No suggestion that the Treaty should be ripped up & be replaced by a Constitution enshrining the rights of people of ALL races; Richard Prebble is opposed to a Constitution. No suggestion that accepting claims going back to 1840 is ridiculous; Richard Prebble was a part of the government that introduced that. No suggestion that the whole Waitangi process should be closed down, leaving claims that DO stack up under common law principles to go through the conventional legal process. ACT have successfully deluded people into thinking they will crack down on Treaty nonsense, when in fact their actual policy won't make a blind bit of difference. Much sound & fury, signifying nothing. Politics, not values.

It's the same with their anti-bureaucracy & red tape policy announced yesterday. Richard Prebble chose to launch it on Great Barrier Island, even though his party didn't bother sending a candidate to the Abolish Bureaucratic Crimes debate on the Island which I attended. He chose to highlight the Les Harrington story as symptomatic of the bureaucratic abuse that goes on there, even though that story was published two months ago in The Free Radical, which is where ACT MPs first read about it & they said absolutely nothing about it at the time. Instead, they tried to pretend that it was a story THEY had unearthed & revealed for the first time just yesterday! What's the bet that their concern for Mr Harrington will evaporate as suddenly as it gushed forth - next Sunday?! Politics, not values.

"The RMA, passed by Labour & National," said Mr Prebble yesterday, "is an example of the badly-drafted feel-good bureaucracy that's strangling New Zealand." Quite right. But he was part of Labour when it was drawn up. His current deputy was too, & he was a rabid devotee of it. And are they now going to repeal it? Not on your Nelly! Consultants who vote for ACT make far too much money out of it! No, say ACT, they will "reform" it, without saying how. They probably mean they will support the reforms National has proposed, knowing full well those reforms mean more work for ACT-supporting consultants, leaving the essential evils of the RMA intact. Politics, not values.

ACT is the anti-bureaucracy party, they proclaimed yesterday - and claimed yet again to have been responsible for abolishing the NaZis on Air tax. As you all know, that's a brazen lie. For two years they opposed this programme's & Ned Haliburton's campaign against the tax. The last time he was in this studio with me, Richard Prebble reiterated his support for it, on air. He had to support it, he said to me off-air, because the NaZis lived - & voted - in Wellington Central! ACT switched tack on it only when they realised the campaign was about to succeed, & there might be votes in aligning with it. Politics, not values.

Similarly with state funding of the arts, the issue that had Richard screaming & grabbing microphones & calling his interviewer a liar (pots & kettles, Richard!). ACT's policy is to state-fund the arts, he said, even though his arts spokesman had said it wasn't. The reason for Richard's statist stance in this matter, of course, is all the Chardonnay socialists, who expect other people to fund their artistic preferences, who live - and vote - in Wellington Central. Politics, not values.

We had it from the horse's mouth when he was interviewed by National Socialist Radio's Kim Hill. TVNZ should be sold off, he said (quite rightly), but not National Radio because "my voters love it & they love you." Translation: "Voters in my electorate love having your left-wing radio network paid for by people who don't listen to it, & these voters love you because you're one of them. So I love you & your network too. In fact, I'm prepared to love anyone & anything, cos most of all, I love those votes!"

Values, not politics? Pull the other one, Richard. Shouldn't be too hard - I have fewer legs than you have tongues.

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