Free­dom needed

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


But it’s only de­ferred, be­cause those elected and man­ag­ing it choose to ig­nore it, pre­fer­ring to spend ratepayer dol­lars buy­ing land and build­ings in the city cen­tre and else­where, hir­ing an ice skat­ing rink, mak­ing over­seas vis­its with part­ners to sis­ter cities etc, rather than on es­sen­tial work.

For the last decade, ratepay­ers have seen rates di­verted to spec­u­la­tive ex­pen­di­tures, while bor­row­ing has been re­quired for roads, foot­paths, wa­ter, storm wa­ter and drains – the es­sen­tial stuff – though not enough to even main­tain the sta­tus quo.

He’s wrong about Porirua go­ing broke, be­cause it’s not too late to change the out­come, which means chang­ing the mayor, coun­cil­lors and se­nior man­agers who have got us to this point.

We must change our fi­nan­cial di­rec­tion, so our rates and the city fo­cus is on core busi­ness.

How­ever, Porirua City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son says all in­di­ca­tors point to the coun­cil be­ing in a fine fi­nan­cial po­si­tion (Fe­bru­ary 10). Who is right? Mayor Nick Leggett in the same ar­ti­cle says there is ‘‘rea­son­able sup­port’’ from res­i­dents for a re­gional amal­ga­ma­tion.

How can he know that when noone has con­sulted lo­cal peo­ple about what they would like, and when the fi­nal date for sub­mis­sions has not yet passed?

Leggett says he does not want to waste time with sup­port­ers of the sta­tus quo.

This is a non-demo­cratic po­si­tion for a mayor to take.

The two main op­tions are to amal­ga­mate or not.

To quote Ham­let: ‘‘To be or not to be, that is the ques­tion.’’

In a democ­racy, it must be an­swered first. New Zealand is be­ing de­stroyed by the im­po­si­tion of ‘‘soft tyranny’’ so­cial­ism.

We’re be­ing sad­dled with armies of un­pro­duc­tive

com­mis­sars, risk-averse drones un­fa­mil­iar with the joy of living, who spend their time gen­er­at­ing and im­pos­ing rules, reg­u­la­tions, and penal­ties.

That sti­fles pro­duc­tiv­ity, ini­tia­tive, and em­ploy­ment, en­cour­ages de­cep­tion, and centrally con­trols the lives of the pro­duc­tive. It’s hap­pen­ing ev­ery­where. Tro­jan horses such as var­i­ous ‘‘health and safety’’ and ‘‘en­vi­ron­men­tal’’ arms of the state, and some ‘‘stan­dards’’ bod­ies, in­cre­men­tally re­move free­dom, prop­erty rights and per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity, to ei­ther save us from our­selves, or mis­guid­edly save the planet, while wear­ing high-vis jack­ets, of course!

Not con­tent to force all this coun­ter­pro­duc­tive stuff and its costs on us, th­ese Pharisees spy on us and en­cour­age us to dob in any­one we see flout­ing the let­ter of their rules.

A young builder friend was thus dobbed in by a com­peti­tor (who missed get­ting the job) for us­ing a per­fectly ad­e­quate non-reg­u­la­tion scaf­fold.

In ‘‘hard tyranny’’ so­cial­ist coun­tries, neigh­bours stopped talk­ing to each other, and checked over shoul­ders when con­vers­ing, lest in­form­ers re­ported them and they ended up in the gu­lag. New Zealand is fol­low­ing suit. We need a strate­gic mass re­volt to rid our­selves of th­ese un­pro­duc­tives and their dra­co­nian schemes to con­trol, be­fore the chains they bind us with are ir­re­vo­ca­bly locked in place.

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