Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Interesting times

Lindsay Perigo writes at the Solo blog,
Perigo! followers will also have noted the empathy between Don Brash and me, even though I'm a 1000% libertarian and he's about a 65% one. In our present crisis, 65% will do me. Quite simply, I believe his becoming Act leader has brought a glimmer of hope to New Zealand's economic and political landscape, which otherwise was unfailingly bleak. I believe that, in these parlous, debt-ridden, Political Correctness-infested circumstances, everyone—including members of Libertarianz—concerned about stopping the rot and initiating a meaningful restart toward freedom and prosperity, should get in behind—on a suck-it-and-see basis, letting Don know that if he doesn't really try to deliver, or becomes captive to those notorious forces within Act alien to freedom and prosperity, then we'll all be out of there before you can say "Epsom." I say this as someone who has fought the conservatives and compulsionists within Act tooth and nail since its inception and delivered Libz, as leader, its highest party vote (by a factor of 600%) since its inception.
Well I never thought I would see the day, Lindsay Perigo a member of Act! I can't help thinking this will do more good for Act than it will do for Perigo. Perigo is being pragmatic by accepting that he has a better chance of achieving, at least part of, what he wants with Act than he has under the Libz banner. There will be battles between Perigo (and Brash) and the conservative elements of Act. Having Perigo around could help Brash in these battles. I guess the good thing to come from this is that it will strengthen the Liberal (in the classical meaning) faction of Act, which is all to the good. Returning Act to a truly Liberal party would be a good first move towards rejuvenating politics in New Zealand. A powerful Liberal voice has been missing from political discourse for far too long. I wish Perigo luck, he will surely need it.

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