SOLO-NZ Press Release: We'll Hold You to That, Mr. Key!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2008-12-09 01:10

SOLO-NZ Press Release: We'll Hold You to That, Mr. Key!

December 9, 2008

The most promising moment of today's Speech from the Throne came right at the start, says SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo.

"Just four sentences in, after noting the new government's commitment to economic growth, the Governor-General read out the following:
 
'In pursuing this goal of economic growth my Government will be guided by the principle of individual freedom and a belief in the capacity and right of individuals to shape and improve their own lives.'

"This is probably the first time in living memory the principle of individual freedom has been mentioned at all, let alone as central, in a formal government agenda," notes Perigo.

"Of course, too much shouldn't be expected from a government stuffed with anti-freedom conservatives and the occasional unreconstructed Muldoonist, but it's fair to assume Prime Minister John Key knows what his party is supposed to represent, and we freedom-lovers will be demanding that he deliver on his welcome inclusion of it in today's agenda-setting document.

"The promised tax cuts are a good start, and will indeed 'encourage New Zealanders to get ahead under their own steam,' as the Speech says. Ditto the proposed reduction in government bureaucracy. The repeal of the vile Electoral Finance Act will be a boon for freedom of speech. Indirectly, the vow to lift education standards will help freedom too, in the sense that the illiterate, incoherent, ignorant hordes currently being churned out of our 'schools' are incapable of freedom's prerequisite: conceptual thought.

"There are many respects in which freedom-lovers would wish for a far more radical programme from Mr. Key's government. In particular it's a tragedy that the document still buys into the nonsense of man-made Global Warming. But given the government’s explicit commitment in the Speech from the Throne not to try to dictate the way New Zealanders live their lives, one is entitled to be optimistic that we are seeing the beginning of the end of the suffocating tyranny of political correctness emanating from Helengrad. The leaden weight of socialism that has held New Zealanders down and back for so long may just be about to lift significantly.

"If not, Mr. Key will be hearing from us," Perigo concludes.

 
Lindsay Perigo 021 255 8715 editor@freeradical.co.nz

SOLO SOLOPassion.com


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'Energy minister Gerry

PhilipD's picture

'Energy minister Gerry Brownlee has called for petrol companies to make immediate price cuts, accusing them of holding prices to capitalise on the peak holiday driving period.'

Christ, didn't Brownlee read the report that the Labour Govt. recently commissioned on petrol prices? The one that said that the industry is fundamentally competitive?

Sure he did. Probably believes it, too. But this request for the companies to chip in to ensure your happy-holiday motoring happens every year- it strikes the big, bad business note just right, doesn't it? Labour or National; it doesn't matter, they just want to show that they 'care.' And so it goes...

 

"The ultimate result of shielding men from folly is to fill the world with fools."

-Herbert Spencer 

And

gregster's picture

Herceptin was one of John Banks' regular radio moans.

I agree Mark, it's all horsetrading.

For the record :)

Mark Hubbard's picture

Key has made a mistake in the funding of Hercepton. He's set a dreadful precedent on this, both from the point of view of funding something that should be a private responsibility via insurance, but also, even if State funding of health is given the nod for sake of argument, by overriding Pharmac and turning one group of victims into a State favourite. There have been two very good letters to the Press on just this point, one from a doctor, one from the CEO of Cystic Fibrosis, the latter making the worthy point that apparently getting the funding for your medicine now depends on who you know in government.

This decision will haunt Key for the next three years, and also shows the pragmatic socialist will be allowed to hold sway when it suits him.

Good job, Nats!

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Yes, credit where it's due, Phil ~ though again we don't see even a hint of it here.

Nor do we see any here for the equally admirable emergency legislation that will return to New Zealand employers the right to flick an unsuitable employee within a 90 day probation period. Notice once again that the grumpy ol' misanthrope, who takes great delight putting the boot into the complainants of the bill, abjectly fails to pat the backs of those who are about to implement it.

No wonder he's MIA on the Sense of Life blog.

 Credit where credit is

PhilipD's picture

 Credit where credit is due.

'A $200,000 Families Commission "summit" due to be held in February has been axed after Social Development Minister Paula Bennett declared it a waste of money.'

'Last week, Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee stopped advertising for the Buy Kiwi Made campaign, saying it was not priority spending.'

 

"The ultimate result of shielding men from folly is to fill the world with fools."

-Herbert Spencer 

Careful, Lindsay

Jameson's picture

... that's starting to sound like the basis for a debate on the lesser of the two evils. Smiling

I expect to be disillusioned ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... by the National Socialists, but I must say it's nice knowing the "evil bitch" is not in charge just down the road. And I'm sure it's not just me. The general sense of relief is palpable! Eye

Let me just say

Jameson's picture

in my conversations with Mr Key that he openly expressed these views, which he unfortunately tempered with the ghastly use of the word pragmatic. Given his party's habit of falling short of such ideals as individual freedom, I know I'm not alone in receiving his speech with a cautious optimism. Nevertheless, like his repeated commitment to repeal the EFA, this is a positive stake in the ground, and since my reputation and I have more riding on this than all of you I'll be the first to hold him to it ~ or else.

Good on you, Lindsay, for rightly giving Key the benefit of the doubt at these early proceedings. It's more than can be said of the terminally cynical who prefer to kick him in the nuts before he's even gotten out of the blocks.

Ha!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Of individual freedom, nothing! The most important part and they missed it. Or deliberately ignored it.

You may be sure it was the latter, Philip.

 'In pursuing this goal of

PhilipD's picture

 'In pursuing this goal of economic growth my Government will be guided by the principle of individual freedom and a belief in the capacity and right of individuals to shape and improve their own lives.'

Excellent stuff, should he really mean it. 

As you say Lindsay, not something that we are used to hearing from such a source. But the novelty seems to have escaped the NZ Herald.

 In an article using key-words to reflect the sentiment of the speech they manage to mention, among many other goals, 'mana-enhancing working relationships,' the need to 'help those New Zealanders worst hit by redundancy,' 'the 'settlement of all historical Treaty claims by 2014,' and the 'duty to protect our most vulnerable citizens.'

Of individual freedom, nothing! The most important part and they missed it. Or deliberately ignored it.  

 

"The ultimate result of shielding men from folly is to fill the world with fools."

-Herbert Spencer 

my Government will be guided

Lance's picture

my Government will be guided by the principle of individual freedom

Putting those two words together I really do hope he is aware of what he is saying and really means it, and if he falters he is reminded of those chosen words at every turn. Evil

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