Berry Mad

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Death of a Dictator

The outpouring of grief for the dead King of Tonga is hardly justified. He was a fascistic, absolutist dictator who stifled the press and free speech within Tonga. One shouldn't be surprised to see Helen Clark requesting the lowering of flags to half-mast though. King Topou was every bit the dictator she wishes she could be.

So, I was thrilled to see Michael Laws featured in the paper today refusing to lower the flag in the Wanganui Council area. Despite differences of opinion with Laws on some things, I like the guy. He is one of a rare breed who says exactly what he thinks and that is just what we need in New Zealand politics.

I hope he gets re-elected (assuming there is no libertarian candidate in the race of course!)


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