Kiwi Polemicist

April 2, 2009

• David Garrett gives Helen Clark a digital salute

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The Wombles of Wellington gave Herr Helen Clark a standing ovation in Parliament yesterday, in view of the fact that she’s been given a job at the UN a position beside the UN trough.

David Garrett refused to join in. That’s a laudable stance, but it is somewhat hypocritical because Garrett is like Clark insofar as he is willing to trample on human rights when it suits him: this is what Garrett said in regard to the three strikes law:

Mr Garrett is a hardliner who this week told the Herald that if three strikes was found to breach fundamental human rights, the solution was to change the Bill of Rights.

That quote is from an earlier post, which gives more details. When it comes to human rights, the only difference between Garrett and Clark is in their ability to impose their beliefs upon other people.

Related post:

There is no such thing as “human rights”: a classical liberal perspective on the Electoral Finance Act

What do you think about Garrett hypocritically giving Clark the digital salute?




  1. Sorry but thats bullshit…Clark is a socialist which by definition requires the violation of individual human rights to achieve its ends.

    Garretts view by contrast is that we are too hung up on FALSE pampered privilaged “rights” for criminals and not respecting the REAL individual rights of the victims of crime.

    He is correct but hasn’t explained himself well and its been misconstrued by the media and others to mean he is against human rights when its actually false “rights” hes really questioning….classic Liberals/libertarians know what he meant…we have been saying the same thing for ages.

    Comment by James — April 4, 2009 @ 11:00 am

  2. How disgusting of him. The least ANYONE could do is congratulate someone who has served our country for nine years. Just because someone has different political ideaology, that is no reason to send off a hard working public servant with a slap in the face. This only adds to the long list of reasons why no-one should vote for the new ACT party, let alone Garrett.

    Comment by Andrew — April 7, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

    • Andrew: thank you for your comment. I do not agree with what you say, but I will continue to defend your right to say it.

      Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — April 7, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

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