If you thought the Nazi flags and ‘Heil Helen’ signs at Saturday’s march against the Electoral Finance Bill were distasteful, take a look at what far-right political punter and anti-EFB crusader Lindsay Perigo’s been up to.
According to Molesworth and Featherston:
Attacking the Electoral Finance Bill Mr Perigo recently called for, apparently, armed revolution:
“…the time for mere marches is past…It is the right and duty of New Zealand citizens to throw off this government, which has long evinced a desire Ãƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬” nay, a compulsion Ãƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬” to subjugate us to absolute despotism. We should not wait for the 2008 election…New Zealanders must now ask themselves if they are a free peopleÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬”and if so, are they prepared to act accordingly? Which is to say, are they prepared forcibly to evict all tyranny-mongers from their positions of power?”
The comments appear to have been since deleted from the website. But he hasn’t stopped suggesting some sort of preparations are underway: “Things are happening. No place for cowards and Richie Riches. Like ‘em? Go to ‘em.”
You wouldn’t want to try making those comments if you were Tuhoe.
Wow. Perigo is no fringe player in the anti-EFB campaign. He helped to found and remains to this day the intellectual powerhouse of the Libertarianz Party, which makes up one third of the Free Speech Coalition along with National’s David Farrar and Cameron Slater.
For those who argue the anti-EFB campaign hasn’t been hijacked by an extreme far-right agenda this is pretty damning evidence.
UPDATE: God, it just gets worse. Lindsay Perigo is now calling for the Business Roundtable to back a coup to overthrow the government. From his press release:
“Fact is, with the violations of freedom of speech and association proposed in this fascist bill, the government has forfeited its moral legitimacy. It’s not marches the Roundtable should be behindÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬”it’s a coup.”