Some of my best friends are dictators [updated[
David Patrick Farrar, author of the popular Kiwiblog and self-describedly at the liberal end of the National Party, confesses this morning that in his quiet moments he sometimes yearns for the iron fist of a political dictator. Coincidentally, his confession is posted just as the National-led government bring in sweeping near-dictatorial powers to “deal with” everything arising from the Canterbury earthquake, and then some.
“Technically we could be seen as a dictatorship,” he begins. And technically, of course, he’s right. But that’s the good news, you see.
In modern history, a dictator is seen as an evil bad ruler – Hitler, Stalin, Kim, Hussein etc. They have absolute rule for life. We definitely do not have that sort of dictatorship.
But a long time ago, a dictator was seen in positive lights – in fact some dictators are seen as democratic heroes….
Mark this on your calendar. September 16, 2010: the day David Farrar expressed his support for dictatorship.
But then, he always was a Muldoon man.
[Hat tip Dim Post]
UPDATE: David Slack: