Kiwi Polemicist

October 1, 2008

Election 2008: the Labour Party is a leopard that doesn’t change its spots

See if you can figure out when this criticism of the Labour government was written:

“On 28 April 1945, Benito Mussolini, his concubine Claretta Petacci and sixteen Fascist leaders were executed by Italian partisans in the village of Dongo in gruesome fashion. ‘Il Duce’ was shot and stabbed by a sword. His testicles were shoved in his mouth and his body, along with the bodies of his mistress and former political allies, was hung upside down from a steel girder which had once been a service station. A reminder for all to see. Politics gone wrong.

Democracy is a fragile thing. During my studies at university, political commentators, historians and great statesmen of years gone by constantly urged care and caution with our infant form of government. Abuse of executive power, as we have seen with the Labour Government particularly in by-passing Parliament in the law-making process and denigration of the Parliamentary checks and scrutiny of revenue-raising and expenditure, must be a concern to all thinking men and women.

New Zealand has suffered four years of the most draconian and arbitrary government this country has ever known. Think of the indecent haste with which the State Sector legislation was passed; recall the absence of consultation with the organisations and people involved; recall the extraordinarily short periods of time allowed for submissions to be placed before the select committee. Remember the ill-considered, all empowering State enterprise legislation. Know of denial to parliament of access to information relating to the raising and expenditure of finance. Recall the Parliament was, and still is denied knowledge of the salaries the government pays its chief executives in the new corporations. Remember Government threats to sue the Auditor General for defamation merely because his findings were critical of Government.

We are well down the road of abuse of power by the political party in office in our country today. The key to change is in your hands. At least, it still is at present. The alternative? Keep your eye out for a good strong steel girder.”

That is from The Beat To The Beehive, written by Ross Meurant in 1989 when he was an MP. What would he say about the Labour government of today that has made smacking illegal, taken away knighthoods, taken away the Privy Council, taken away the double jeopardy rule, made the Prime Minister appoint the Commissioner of Police, suppressed free speech with the Electoral Finance Act, and engaged in repeated personal corruption without penalty?

Another quote:

“During my eight years at Auckland university…I was subjected to an inordinate amount of left-wing garbage. Helen Clark, the present Labour Government Minister for Housing and the Environment, tutored me one year extolling the virtues of the Soviet system and condemning roundly the terrible American imperialists. Phil Goff, current Minister of Unemployment and Associate Education Minister also tutored me, long hair and all. I will give him his dues, he treated me fairly although he surely didn’t enjoy the fact that I was from the hated police department.”


Note well these words from Meurant:

The key to change is in your hands. At least, it still is at present.

The election is on November 8, and that is our opportunity for lynching the despotic White Witch.


  1. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

    Comment by Sandra R — September 10, 2009 @ 4:35 am

    • Thanks Sandra, I’m glad that you’ve found something here that you like.

      Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — September 11, 2009 @ 8:39 am

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