NZ Anti-Nanny March Gains Worldwide Coverage

Peter Cresswell's picture
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2007-03-28 08:55

The news of today's anti-Nanny State march in Wellington, New Zealand, has been picked up worldwide, and SOLO luminary Lindsay Perigo (right, on Parliament's steps) is taking a leading role in the story, disseminated by Associated Press.

The Guardian, the International Herald Tribune, 'Newsday', Houston Chronicle, Fox News and Forbes amongst many others, have all picked up and run this story:

Hundreds of protesters marched on New Zealand's Parliament Wednesday, demanding lawmakers throw out a proposed new law that critics say removes parents' right to smack their children...

Protest organizer Lindsay Perigo told the crowd the changes were backed by a small minority only.

"The nanny state has well and truly overstepped the mark," he said, as the crowd waved banners reading: "A smack is not a beating," "Let parents be parents" and "Down with Nanny state."

"Just because you oppose the bill doesn't mean you support smacking," Perigo told The Associated Press. "But you support the parents' right to make the decision."

Just a couple of corrections to this story: First of all, the march organiser was young Mitch Lees, seen here with Lindsay Perigo. And second, the reporter has the chant wrong. As one of the marchers said, what he'll be singing in his dreams tonight will the chant heard all afternoon arond Parliament grounds (except in the press gallery, it seems), "2, 4, 6, 8, we don't need your Nanny State!"

For the full AP report, I'd suggest you see 'Critics Protest 'Anti-Smacking' Law' in The Guardian. The irony of Lindsay appearing in The Guardian is delightful, and well earned.

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Tim Robbins lookalike

Kenny's picture

Sam looks like Tim Robbins, of Shawshank Redemption fame, to my eyes.

Well ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

It would seem so, Pierson. Smiling


Sam Pierson's picture

So Winston had something in common with me?

Can I now be set free?


Lindsay Perigo's picture

Stop being a girl and post your photo. The only thing you have in common with Winston is that you both went off the radar for a number of years.


Ruby too

Kenny's picture

Soory for the mistake. Isn't Ruby Claudia's daughter too? The Van Dorp family is becoming the SOLO version of the Von Trapps.

BTW, Sam will get moderated for his Winston photo. Beware the beady eye of El Perigo.


Sam Pierson's picture

Now I do have to post a pic. Don't have any daughters called Claudia that I know of.

Now now...

Olivia's picture

only I'm allowed to say things like that about him Lord Baron. Smiling

Jeez Claudia

Lindsay Perigo's picture

And I always thought Sam was your father!


Olivia's picture

if Sam were my son, that would make me very old, not the gorgeous, ever-youthful 37 year old that I am.Eye He's my brother Kenny. The other lurking "Piersons" go by the name of Van Dorp. Shandra is my daughter.

We need more of this!

Kenny's picture

Great coverage. It was a great fun event judging by the reports. A decent protest is worth far more than ten boring think tank reports (and I have a written a few of those myself). Online and street campaigning is the future!

When I attended the March for Free Expression (Mohammed cartoons), the Metropolitan police made up a large proportion of the crowd in Trafalgar Square. They photographed everyone and recorded the speeches. I hope that the NZ plod were not as bad.

It's the Piersons!

Kenny's picture

I just twigged that Sam Pierson must be related to "Claudia" (aka Olivia Pierson), probably her son. And she called him a weirdo! Do we have any more Piersons lurking or posting on SOLO?


Lindsay Perigo's picture

Photo has to be up by April 1, with a 2-week grace period. Photo is to reassure us that folk are indeed mentally unstable weirdos. Unnecessary in Sam's case, but still mandatory. Smiling

Hey Mr Pierson!

Olivia's picture

Rules are you have to have a photo up now. You could be some kind of mentally unstable weirdo. Smiling

The story of the NZ march...

Marcus's picture

...against nanny-statism and the anti-smacking legislation even made its way today into the free commuter newspaper "Metro" of the London underground and UK train network read by millions of Brits each day on their way to work.

Thank you everyone involved. Brilliant!!!

Great work Linz. Congrats.

Sam Pierson's picture

Great work Linz. Congrats. Excellent points made in that speech.

(Heya SIM!)

National defectors

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I see Katherine Rich--our next Minister of Education--is crossing the house to vote in support of the anti-smacking bill.

National has the option to do as Labour has done and insist that members toe the party line, but perhaps they just need to set their boundary dog on Rich.

Good speech Linz.

Olivia's picture

I liked your ballsy comment about the "real child abusers, whom the government pay to have children and then they kill them." That's saying it! I'd never thought of it like that before - dead true unfortunately.


Olivia's picture

Thanks Mitch for all your efforts in this area! Good job.

And as one of the girls, I second Linz's call that you not stay hidden in the shadows!Smiling

Indeed. Linz was the

JulianP's picture

Indeed. Linz was the instigator. Smiling Well done Linz! I thought your performance was marvellous. What a born rabble-rouser you are! Smiling

And good-on-ya Mitch for having the balls to take up the challenge.

Congratulations everyone!

Peter Cresswell's picture

A superb job! Well done, all of you. Bloody well done.


PS: The always choosy Cactus Kate seemed suitable impressed by the photo of Mitch I posted last night. Perhaps he could use that one? Smiling

Quite right

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Mitch Lees was the organiser. But it all started with a talkback call to me on Radio Live from a caller in Nelson who asked me to organise the thing. I said I wouldn't, but could probably rustle up someone who would. Enter Mitch, who was listening (btw, he's not really taller than I—he's standing on a higher step at Parliament Smiling). And it snowballed from there. Marches all over the country now. This was activism at its most successful, except, as yet, for the outcome. Smiling

I made sure the crowd gave Mitch a huge cheer at the end. He deserves it. Here's one from me, Mitch!!


And btw, put up a decent photo of yourself—you're way too goodlooking to be hidden in darkness. The girl's here and I insist! Smiling

Not only the broadsheets. :-)

Lindsay Perigo's picture

2. Lindsay Perigo and Heather Roy - 8:28 mins


Marcus's picture

...Linz makes it to the international broadsheets Smiling

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