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Thank you Christchurch business people

  • March 21st, 2011

Yes, yes yes – at last those who our masters would make into worms have turned.

All of us who want to live on our feet and not our knees owe thanks to the business people who today stormed the cordon to regain the right to their own properties.

The humiliation piled on them since the earthquake by the lords of emergency, "in their own interests, of course" is humiliation we should all have felt. Lets now hope tomorrow's revolt is bigger, and the next day until the oppressors are shamed and slink away.

The left fondly thinks that working class warriors established our freedoms. In fact it was the merchants of London and other property owners who needed freedom and respect for the rule of law to protect their properties as well as their consciences. Unions and the left have been on the side of repression more often than not.

 I salute you merchants of Christchurch, as worthy inheritors of a noble tradition of merchants.

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  • David
  • March 21st, 2011
  • 7:08 pm

And what is stop you, me or any one else simply wandering in and helping ourselves to the bits and bobs of broken buildings?

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  • Nick
  • March 21st, 2011
  • 9:07 pm

I think in this case, your libertarian ideology is over-riding common sense…
Would you be happy if business-people who worked in the Grand Chancellor Hotel "stormed the cordon" and went into the hotel to sort out their business??
Surely, even you'd admit that would be stupid, and that at the very least there needs to be a police cordon around the Grand Chancellor Hotel?
Presumably the reason the cordon begins/ends where it does is that someone more qualified than you or me to decide these things has decided that buildings inside the cordon are so dangerous that no one should be allowed near them, and to prevent looting.  While I don't love the police force, or their controllers, I can't see they'd decide to spend hundreds of man-hours enforcing a cordon for no reason.

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  • Tim
  • March 21st, 2011
  • 10:36 pm

100% agree with you on this one Steven.  I have been appalled by the disregard and conmtempt wwith which the business and private property owners have been treated by the jumped up floro jacketed safety fascists in Chch.  To see these business people being slammed to the ground by the police makes me ashamed to be a NZer.  One hopes that they are back tomorrow – and the next…

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  • D
  • March 22nd, 2011
  • 8:59 am

The media reporting has been interesting to follow – they don't quite seem to be able to reconcile their need to agree with the 'safety for the public' over the 'disempowered business owners'.  But they sure love the Government getting copped for hurting the little guy.  
I think this is a lesson that you should never let the school warden types run the show.  
"Get the hell out of my way". 

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  • Christine Murphy
  • March 22nd, 2011
  • 10:15 am

This namby pamby left wing government should just get out of the way you think? Brownlee is a socialist if ever I saw one.
I think that this has been poorly managed, but it's pretty clear that putting more lives at risk is not the solution.
It'll seem like a great idea right up until there is a significant aftershock and one of your rebels is flattened by falling concrete.

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  • D
  • March 22nd, 2011
  • 10:26 am

Well, I don't think Gerry is a socialist.  But he, like many others, is operating under the belief that his care for my safety gives him power over me and others.
Someone dying is NOT a justification for diminishing freedom. Otherwise, we trade a life of safety for freedom.
It seems like a great idea to who?… One of my rebels? 
Flip.

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thank you for standing up for us Stephen

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  • Don McKenzie
  • March 22nd, 2011
  • 2:41 pm

You are spot on Stephen. These business owners/self employed/ employers livelihood is at stake here. Their needs have been discounted and with some understanding and common sense surely a workable solution could have been found by the Civil defence people before desperation set in.  

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  • rocky
  • March 22nd, 2011
  • 5:31 pm

I also agree, so many positive slogans have been made that Christchurch will rise again, yet here we have bureaucratic hindrance to even getting started.Indeed no timeline as to when access will eventually be possible.All those officials at the top are worried less they be blamed for any negative outcome and choose to ensure that every petty regulation is complied with. As with the identification of the victims progress will be slow.

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The government has shown its hand. Regardless of what they say, may say or have said, their actions clearly indicated their intent: an absolute disregard for the rights of the citizens – in particular our property rights.

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