Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Whangamata veto: who's to blame?

Chris Carter stepping all over the dreams, hopes and long-sought court victory of the Whangamata Marina Society. The Whangamata veto. Who's to blame? Well, let me tell you.

It's not really Chris Carter. He's just doing what the Resource Management Act (RMA) expressly allows him to: to step on people's dreams. But he's not really to blame.

It's not really the fault of the people who brought in and administered the RMA either. It's not really the fault of Labour's Geoffrey Palmer, or National's Simon Upton and Nick Smith, or of the assorted ACT Party luminaries who at various times were cheerleaders for the Act. It's not really their fault either.

No, none of them are really to blame. They were all just doing what they thought the voters wanted.

And who are the voters? Who's to blame? You are. Every single one of you who voted for these meddling arseholes is to blame; every one of you who wanted some kind of control over what other people might be doing, might be saying, might be wanting to build. Every one of you who looked the other way when authoritarianism grew and property rights were abandoned. You're to blame. Your votes, your complacency and your own desire to mind other people's business has handed the lives and property of all New Zealanders over to the meddling arsehole that brought down yesterday's unilateral veto.

So when you're blaming him for his decision, take a look in the mirror and see who's really to blame. And then ask yourself what youre going to do to make amends.

TAGS: RMA, Politics-NZ, Libertarianism

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