Libertarianz leader Dr Richard McGrath invites you down to his clinic for an inoculation against this week’s stories and headlines on issues affecting our freedom.
This week: Ninnies, nannies and rent-seeking guild socialists.
1. STUFF: “Labour MP Damien O’Connor fronts up over gay comments” – Rejected at the last election by West Coast voters, Damien O’Connor apologises but does not back away from his claim that the Labour Party selection process is controlled by unionists (Little, Dalziel, Fenton, Beaumont, Wood, Mika, Curran, Lees-Galloway, Pillay) and gays (Robertson, Chauvel, Street, Wall, Carter)…
THE DOCTOR SAYS: And apologise he should, as he omitted three other important sources of Labour Party candidates – school teachers (Street, Mallard, Davis, Beaumont, Sepuloni) political studies graduates (Goff, Robertson, Jones, Hipkins) and lawyers (Parker, Chauvel, Dalziel, Huo).
Delete members of these groups from the Labour list and there’d be few with knowledge of the real world left to stand.
The ultimate Labour candidate would be a gay disabled Islamic trade unionist ex-school teacher with a background in race relations, membership of CORSO, Oxfam and Greenpeace and a degree in political studies.
Shame to see Damien O’Connor apologise, obviously he has been nobbled by someone further up the chain, probably a gay unionist who took offence at hearing some home truths. Good thing however that O’Connor hasn’t backed away from the comments, merely expressed “regret” that someone took offence. Won’t hurt his chances at the next election, provided West Coasters have forgotten Helen Clark’s labeling of them as “feral.”
2. DOMPOST: “Jetstar stops disabled pair flying” – Disabilities Minister Tariana Turia condemns Jetstar’s decision not to allow two wheelchair bound people on one of its aeroplanes…
THE DOCTOR SAYS: What is wrong with letting the market judge Jetstar, instead of a minister? If this decision is so horrendous, then Jetstar’s profits will drop as potential customers vote with their feet. The last thing these two disabled travellers need is an interfering politician using the situation to grandstand at taxpayer expense.
All the more reason to abolish the post of Disabilities Minister – along with the swarms of other unnecessary ministries and departments that harass New Zealanders and eat out their substance.
3. DOMPOST: “Proposal to regulate teeth-whitening products” – The Environmental Risk Management Authority wants to force people to consult with a dentist before they use some types of mouthwash…
THE DOCTOR SAYS: Not content with trying to ban dihydrogen monoxide, our guardians now want to regulate the use of hydrogen peroxide.
Commonly used as a hair bleach, it can also be used to bleach teeth. The Dental Council are shocked – indeed scandalised – that a person can just go and buy whitening gels direct from the shelf and (gasp) apply them to their own teeth without first paying a fee to their members.
Why can’t these rent-seeking do-gooders be told to mind their own business and allow adults to decide what they put into their own body instead of treating them like children? If people are injured through the use of bleaching agents, word will get around, and people will very quickly learn what products are safe to use and which are not. The last thing adult New Zealanders need is more rent-seekers and more nannying, which tends to undermine our capacity for independent thinking and decision-making.
The Libertarianz Party, of course, would abolish both ERMA and the Dental Council, and allow adults the freedom to make their own decisions and to live with the consequences.
See y’all next week!
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may
be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons
than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty
may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but
those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end,
for they do so with the approval of their consciences.
– C.S. Lewis