Nick Smith, the libertarian! Who’re you kidding?
The Greens’s Frog Blog is confused. Yes, yes, it’s not like that’s anything new. But now they’re more confused than usual. You see, the Frog’s authors thinks that because he once used the epithet Nanny State to describe them, that National’s odious Nick Smith sounds, therefore,
“like one of those Libertarian types – the modern free-market version of the 1980s Moonie crossed with the ‘flat earth society’ – the sort always willing to shove a bit of Ayn Rand down your throat while you are waiting for the bus.”
Their words, not mine. And while it sounds like there’s more than one serious confusion there, it also sounds like – as Corporal Jones almost used to say – they don’t like those who tell the truth about ‘em.
Liberty Scott responds politely in Frog’s comments to at least one obvious point: “Funny how you’re sensitive about ‘nanny state’; is it that you don’t want to convince people to save the planet’, but prefer to force them to?”
And here’s another: for the record, no, Nick Smith is not a libertarian. In Lindsay Perigo’s memorable words, he’s an anal authoritarian with a tongue so forked he could hug a tree with it.
Feel free to make as many points of your own as you might wish to. There’s many more to make.