Libertarianz leader Dr Richard McGrath ransacks the newspapers for stories on issues affecting our freedom.
This week: Ohariu Hard Dunne-By, and Paula at Parachute
1. Dunne’s seat ‘ripe for the picking’ – Labour have kicked off their campaign to kick Peter Dunne-Nothing out on his arse at next year’s general election. Dunne’s Ohariu electorate seat is no longer one of the safest seats in Parliament, and if the trends of the past two elections continue, he will be looking for honest work in 2012.
First elected in 1984 when Bob Jones split the conservative vote to ensure the demise of National’s Hugh Templeton, Dunne –- like Rodney Hide -– has assumed that being thrown a cabinet post will ensure a high profile and enhance his re-election chances.
The only thing consistent about Peter Dunne is that with every change of government, Peter dumps his old girlfriend and starts cuddling up to the new one. The voters of Ohariu may very well give this hobo the bum’s rush in 2011 – and not before time. But just look at who came runner-up in 2005 and 2008 –- the oleaginous Chuck Chauvel -- yuk!! Better vote Libertarianz instead!
2. NZ begins talks for free trade deal with India – Tim Groser, having flown all the way to Copenhagen in a carbon-spewing jet airliner a few weeks ago to listen to a bunch of climate fraudsters wringing their hands over a non-existent problem, finally sets his mind to something important: a free trade deal with India. This is potentially of huge benefit to New Zealanders, if tariffs can be removed and peaceful commerce allowed to develop.
With a population of 300 million and growing, the Indian middle class is an enormous market for our products. New Zealanders may also benefit from products exported from India. Everyone wins from the division of labour -– consumers, who can often buy a given product, imported from a Third World country, at a better price than the same product made at home; and the workers in Third World factories and so-called sweatshops whose continued employment is supported.
Free trade is the best form of foreign aid a person can give.
3. Police follow strong leads in taxi murder – I hope the person who murdered taxi driver Hiren Mohini is apprehended and brought to justice swiftly, and that an appropriate sentence is handed down.
Unfortunately, the compulsion touters have used this apparent homicide as an excuse to force taxi companies to install cameras in their vehicles. At no cost to the compulsion touters, of course - unless they happen to want to use a taxi, at which time they will probably find the fare more expensive than it was before and their digital image available to the taxi company for all eternity thereafter. Bet they didn’t think of that.
I say let the taxi companies decide for themselves what level of security measures they wish to utilise. Let the do-gooders mind their own business; while their suggestions might be helpful, they have no right to ask the likes of Stephen Joyce to assist in imposing their bright ideas on others by force.
Common sense dictates that if a proposition is that good, people will embrace it by choice without having their arms twisted up their respective backs.
4. Message at Parachute: family before moneymaking – Paula Bennett regales the masses at the Parachute Christian music festival on the virtues of raising children, citing the importance of spending time with one’s children if one is able, rather than focusing solely on moneymaking. And yes, the taxpayer was involved, via Peter Dunne-nothing’s Family Commission who sponsored a ‘debate’ on ‘the family,’ in which Bruce Pilbrow, of Parents Inc, raised the topic of income splitting.
What wasn’t said, but should have been, was that if taxes were lower then couples wouldn’t feel they both had to work to support their children’s nutrition, education and leisure. If there was a flat low income tax, then income splitting wouldn’t be an issue. If the government didn’t trap people in welfare and encourage solo parenthood, fathers would be more inclined to live with their children.
Paula Bennett should look at the destruction government has visited upon families, and then do something positive: shut down the Family Commissariat, swing a wrecking ball through IRD’s head office, and most importantly stop paying no-hopers to breed. Remove the financial incentive for people to procreate. Stop the miserable cycle of unwanted and unloved children who end up bashed, tortured and killed by the drug-addled and indifferent adults to whom their welfare is entrusted.
It’s not rocket science, Paula.
“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny – when
the government fear the people, there is liberty.”
- Thomas Jefferson