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SOLO-NZ Op-Ed: John Key—The Speech He Ought To Be Giving
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2007-11-01 00:13
Note—At the bottom of this “speech” by John Key is a typically weasel-worded press release from Neville Key, pushing the populist “gangs” button. When Neville morphs into John, there’ll be hope!
SOLO Op-ED: John Key—The Speech He Ought to be Giving
By Lindsay Perigo
November 1, 2007
My fellow-New Zealanders,
This past weekend came news that a mother had been reported by her child’s school for smacking that child on the hand. It was revealed also that the same mother had earlier been reported to the police for smacking her child on the bottom.
It was my own gutless, appeasing opportunism that allowed the anti-smacking bill to pass into law. I said at the time that if it turned out that the new rules effectively banned light smacking and criminalised the parents, as denied at the time by Sue Bradford and Helen Clark, I would commit my party to overturning it. I make that commitment now. National will reinstate Section 59 of the Crimes Act, allowing parents the right to use “reasonable force” in disciplining their children. Further, in light of the mayhem in our schools, where pupils are routinely terrorising teachers, that provision will extend to those acting in loco parentis.
Real child abuse, including murders, has continued unabated since the passing of Bradford’s bill. Real child abuse results when the likes of Bradford and Clark bribe voters unfit to breed to do precisely that—to breed children they don’t want because doing so gives them a meal-ticket, involuntarily purchased by you, the honest, hardworking taxpayer. Confronted by children they don’t want, the bribees abuse and kill them.
National will stop paying people to breed, and unashamedly rescue and adopt out children who are currently unwanted by defaulting parents.
More broadly, I commit National to setting a better example. Government under Labour has become synonymous with grand larceny. It is so grotesquely obese from its over-eating at the trough of the productive that it may well explode, Mr. Creosote-like, from its bloat.
National will refund the budget surplus to the people whose money it is. At present levels, this would amount to a $1000 refund to every taxpayer.
National will also abolish GST. Currently, this compulsory add-on to the price of everything yields about as much revenue as the surplus, so the “synergy” here is perfect. In one fell swoop government can dramatically reduce its bloat, eliminate a major bureaucratic tumour from our tax system and effect dramatic cost-of-living relief, especially for those whom Labour professes to be concerned about—those on low and fixed incomes.
These simple but radical measures, of course, would be merely the start of a new beginning, the first audacious steps in the march toward the free society for which National has always claimed to stand but never really did. I commit my party to renouncing its delinquency and embracing the vision of government proclaimed by Thomas Jefferson:
"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."
What is clear is that more Clark-Cullenism is more communism by stealth, of the type advocated by their philosophical parent, Antonio Gramsci. Gramsci’s blueprint for the quiet takeover of all major public institutions (especially schools and universities) by totalitarian leftist ideologues spouting seemingly innocuous weasel-words has already come to pass, and it remains only for the body politic to succumb overtly to full-blown tyranny. The Electoral Finance Bill, which National will also repudiate, is one huge nail Clark and Cullen are deliberately hammering into freedom’s coffin.
National’s vision specifically upholds “individual freedom and choice” and “personal responsibility.”
What I’m here to tell you today is that we now mean it.
Lindsay Perigo 021 255 8715
John Key MP
1 November 2007
National announces policing policies
The police’s crime fighting toolkit will be expanded under a National government and more powers will be given to clamp down on gangs, says National Party Leader John Key.
In a speech to the Police Association National Conference today, Mr Key says a violent crime now occurs every 10 minutes, and there’s a sexual attack every four hours and a robbery every three-and-a-half hours.
“I want Kiwis and their families to feel safer in their homes, their streets and their neighbourhoods. National is committed to ensuring police have the tools they need to protect the public.
“No one would expect a mechanic to fix a 2007 model car with a set of tools from the 70s. Neither should we expect our modern police officers to fight 21st Century crime with outdated equipment, laws and powers.”
“We believe that the bulk of the additional sworn officers should be deployed to pro-active policing to make our streets safer and prevent crime.
“I am also concerned about the reputation of the police, and National wants to promote improved public confidence in the police force.
“As such, we want to see progress in implementing the recommendations of the Bazley Report.
“I believe we can and must do better at reducing crime and keeping Kiwis safer.”
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