Over at the sewer David Farrar is busy desperately defending the new one-law-to-rule-them all that is the Canterbury quake legislation by trying to claim that dictatorships can be good things:
But a long time ago, a dictator was seen in positive lights – in fact some dictators are seen as democratic heroes. Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix changed the office from a noble one to a tyrannical one when he was made dictator for an indefinite period in 82 BC. Prior to that, it was well regarded.
I’ve always found Farrar’s pretensions to intellectualism amusing (in a cringing Ricky Gervais kind of way) but this really takes the cake.
I guess that means when he was comparing Helen Clark to dictators in 2008 he was being complimentary. It’s just his readers were too stupid to realise how good a dictatorship is. Good thing he’s setting the record straight now.
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