Deborah Coddington writes:
“In 1994, not long after Rodney Hide became leader of Act,…”
Hide became leader in 2004. I know the papers don’t demand any kind of intellectual rigour or evidence-based argument from their celebrity columnists but jeez.
To be fair, the rest of Coddington’s piece offers a pretty good examination of Act’s fundamental problems. I found this passage in particular interesting:
“what 21st-century liberal would vote for a party whose caucus supports a man who makes lewd remarks around the office, justifies that behaviour by saying it was okay in Tonga, then advocates bribery and sterilisation as a means to control child abuse and the population of the underclass?
Does Act stop to think that the 21st-century liberal is both an economic and a social liberal? We want low taxes and small government, but we’re not redneck, pro-smacking, tough-on-crime unforgiving mutants.”
Therein lies the libertarian paradox. They claim to be all about freedom but that freedom is actually only ever freedom for the rich, funded and protected by brutal repression of the poor.