- 'marrying' people who've lived together for more than two years;
- where -- and whether -- you smoke;
- what you put in school lunchboxes and you find in food-vending machines;
- what you can and can't plant or cut down in your own garden;
- who gets to renovate your house, and how;
- who gets to walk across your farm;
- how to keep track of your dog.
Do Nanny's interests extend into everything? Where will it end? Those will of course remain rhetorical questions just as long as you lot continue to allow that lot to meddle in your affairs. As long as you remain compliant, then they'll just keep right on coming.
Maybe it's time to tell them to rack off. One place you might begin telling them is on the issue currently before the house: microchipping your dogs. It needs barely half-a-dozen MPs to change their mind for this legislation to fall. Why not email every one of the 120 MPs today to tell them to throw out the microchipping for dogs legislation. Here are their contact details. Tell them enough is enough. Tell them that Government is intended to be chained up to be our servants, not the other way around. Tell them to throw it out, and tell them today.
First they came for the dogs . . .
UPDATE: A small victory tonight -- perhaps better called a successful rearguard action:
NZPA: Farm dogs exempt from microchipping
Tonight Parliament voted, by the slimmest of margins, to exempt working farm dogs.
The bid had been expected to fail but in a surprise move tonight four of the Green Party's six MPs voted to exempt farm dogs.
The four MPs were Keith Locke, Sue Kedgley, Sue Bradford and Nandor Tanczos.
If any of you contacted any of those four, you may have had more effect than you know.
UPDATE: I've been sent some responses that some of you have received from the pollies. Here's one opf interest. Jim Anderton concedes that the purpose of this legislation is NOT to stop dogs biting people -- how could it? "As I understand it," he says, "the purpose of this initiative is to build a database which will enable the better management and control of the dog population in New Zealand, not to stop dogs from biting." So there you go.
LINKS: Parliament breaks without dog vote - TVNZ
Microchips look a doggone cert - Dominion Post