Monday, 5 September 2005

Signs of freedom in Northland?

A busy weekend of campaigning in Northland has Julian both excited, and losing his hair. Maybe. What's getting him excited is hearing Blockwood Smith giving speeches like this, (as described by Julian):
Freedom this, freedom that, individual rights, getting rid of Nanny State, letting people live their lives without government interference by bureaucrats, etc. He threw in: "Government can give nothing that it has not taken away first, and if government is big enough to give you everything you want, then it is also big enough to take it all away." He ended with two words: "Freedom Matters."
Despite the fine words I counsel caution in Julian's excitement. Blockwood is of course the man that introduced the NCEA, and perhaps even more in danger of being delayed by a full-length mirror than Winston.

So what's getting Julian losing his hair? Your money, hopefully. He's offering to be 'de-scruffed', which should please Bob Jones, but de-scruffed at a price.

1 comment:

  1. Hah! I know what you mean! Jasmine and I both noticed that Dr. Smith's mouth was permanently set into a rictus-like smile, meant to charm us all, I imagine. Unfortunately it only served to instill severe distrust and doubt. :) Bloody politicians!

    I quote: "Even if it was just lip service, and even though he didn't mention his authoritarian policies on issues such as drugs, civil unions, prostitution, adoption by gay couples, etc., it was great to hear a prominent politician openly advocating freedom in a public forum."

    I was just happy to hear the F-word mentioned in public! :) It's a start. It's our job to make people realise what it means to be consistent in your advocacy of freedom, and how hypocritical Lockwood, Newman etc. are. So don't worry, I was most definitely not hoodwinked, nor charmed by him. :)


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