Press Secretary Perigo

May 30th, 2011 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Newly appointed parliamentary leader of the Party, John Boscawen, has found himself a new press secretary. , a founding member and inaugural leader of the Libertarianz political party, was introduced late last week to the press gallery as Mr Boscawen’s new media man. Mr Perigo has been noted for his colourful language – he famously denounced TVNZ as “brain dead” when he quit the state broadcaster in 1993, and has variously referred to “infanto-Nazis”, “Bolshevik bulls..t” and “bludge-scum”. His latest media role was at TV channel Stratos.

I must say that I never thought Lindsay would end up as a press secretary for ACT. No doubt his decision is linked to the change of leadership – he has a very high regard for Don Brash.

His language is indeed colourful. I’m wondering whether iPredict should do a market on which press gallery member is first to be called a moron by Lindsay :-)

Lindsay blogs about his decision at SOLO:

Perigo! followers will also have noted the empathy between Don Brash and me, even though I’m a 1000% libertarian and he’s about a 65% one. In our present crisis, 65% will do me. Quite simply, I believe his becoming Act leader has brought a glimmer of hope to New Zealand’s economic and political landscape, which otherwise was unfailingly bleak. I believe that, in these parlous, debt-ridden, Political Correctness-infested circumstances, everyone—including members of Libertarianz—concerned about stopping the rot and initiating a meaningful restart toward freedom and prosperity, should get in behind—on a suck-it-and-see basis, letting Don know that if he doesn’t really try to deliver, or becomes captive to those notorious forces within Act alien to freedom and prosperity, then we’ll all be out of there before you can say “Epsom.” I say this as someone who has fought the conservatives and compulsionists within Act tooth and nail since its inception and delivered Libz, as leader, its highest party vote (by a factor of 600%) since its inception.

Lindsay is indeed 1000% libertarian. I’m glad he doesn’t now regard anything less than 100% as a mortal crime :-)

His comment on Epsom is interesting. It could be a barb at Rodney, or a barb at John Banks. I honestly am unsure.

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46 Responses to “Press Secretary Perigo”

  1. Manolo (12,643 comments) says:

    Way to go, Lindsay Perigo!

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  2. Jimbob (639 comments) says:

    Let’s hope he gets plenty of media coverage.

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  3. Johnboy (13,439 comments) says:

    He certainly was right on the mark when he described TVNZ as brain dead.

    After 18 years in a coma it’s time the life support was turned off. :)

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  4. DJP6-25 (1,236 comments) says:

    So now there is one press secretary who isn’t either a committed socialist; or who is afraid of them.

    I hope he doesn’t ‘offend’ anyone.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  5. iMP (2,154 comments) says:

    This will be a disaster. LP cannot serve others or be a professional second fiddle. He’ll eventually clash with DB or any of the caucus and create friction and mayhem. Press Secretaries need to be back room supportive public servants, and this is anathema to LP who – like Michael laws before him under Jim Bolger – will court the limelight, comment in the press, and make DB’s life a misery.

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  6. ayn like mine (2 comments) says:

    Gosh Linz, never thought I’d see the day that you would sell out your principles and join the association of compulsion touters.

    How can you sleep at night, knowing Ian Mutton killed himself because he was bullied by the IRD, the same IRD that collect tax so you can swig your Pinot. Ask yourself if you can face Ian’s wife and ask her what it’s like to live without her husband, and their son, Trevor, who killed himself at 13, six months after his dad, due to the despair at loosing his dad.

    What right do you have dear Linz, to take the property of another by force, so you might live?

    To thy own self be true, eh?

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  7. Vinick (213 comments) says:

    ^ Best. Comment. Ever.

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  8. lofty (1,295 comments) says:

    Goodness, strong words are uttered here.

    Libz and ACT? how exactly does that work again?

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  9. poneke (280 comments) says:

    Press Secretaries need to be back room supportive public servants, and this is anathema to LP who – like Michael laws before him under Jim Bolger – will court the limelight, comment in the press, and make DB’s life a misery.

    You write this as if it is a bad thing…

    Act will cease to exist come November.

    Bring it on!

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  10. Anthony (737 comments) says:

    Poneke, you are your ilk have been saying that about Act ever since it was formed but you never seem to learn! How many left wing parties have come and gone since then?

    The left’s solution for everything is tax and spend! Are you going to be selling the same solution this election?

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  11. Richard (29 comments) says:

    @ ayn like mine

    Linz’s involvement with ACT is provisional, conditional and until November only. Problem?

    What did you ever do for freedom?

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  12. poneke (280 comments) says:

    Poneke, you are your ilk have been saying that about Act ever since it was formed but you never seem to learn

    Actually I’d never said it before they started ripping themselves to pieces after the last election.

    I very much doubt they could even produce evidence of having the 500 members needed for registration as a political party.

    They are a complete joke and they have brought it all upon themselves.

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  13. Manolo (12,643 comments) says:

    What did you ever do for freedom?

    Support the Soviet Union?

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  14. Chris2 (708 comments) says:

    I recall that Perigo was a little embarrassed of his parents communist leanings when he was growing up (I think too, his grand-father at one time headed the Communist Party in NZ).

    I vaguely remember that at their Manawatu property his parents had the communist hammer & sickle emblem inlaid into the path leading up to their house – a source of constant embarrassment to young Lindsay!

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  15. Anthony (737 comments) says:

    Poneke, thanks for that great description of the Labour Party “They are a complete joke and they have brought it all upon themselves.”

    I hope you are investing your money on iPredict if you really believe your predictions? I’ve made good money from buying Act low on iPredict and largely selling out recently to invest in parties with a better likely return like the Mana Party.

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  16. poneke (280 comments) says:

    Actually the Labour Party are a sad little bunch rather than a joke. A sad little bunch waiting for Mr Little. No wonder Mr Goff doesn’t even talk to him.

    I do not gamble on anything, not even lotto. Better things to spend my money on.

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  17. Dave Mann (1,127 comments) says:

    @ayn like mine:

    I have never heard of Ian Mutton, but if he killed himself then the decision was wholly his and not the IRD’s. Likewise his son’s. Might I suggest that you grow up and learn about individual responsibility and stop laying other people’s shit where it doesn’t belong? And it CERTAINLY doesn’t have anything to do with Lindsay Perigo’s decision to join ACT.

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  18. James (1,338 comments) says:

    Dave…Ian Mutton was virtually hounded to death by the IRD under Birch.His son topped himself a few months later.Lindsay and Libz raised this case as an example amongst many of how out of control the thieving bastards were.

    http://www.act.org.nz/news/birch-holland-suffer-from-chronic-cognitive-disorder

    http://www.solopassion.com/node/6151

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  19. poneke (280 comments) says:

    Lindsay and Libz raised this case as an example amongst many of how out of control the thieving bastards were.

    I think it would be more factual to say they raised it because the Libz did not believe they should have to pay taxes.

    As Dave M said, nobody made Mr Mutton kill himself. It was fairly apparent at the time (1999 IIRC) that Mr Mutton’s suicide was a strong factor in the deeply sad suicide of his son.

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  20. Ryan Sproull (6,661 comments) says:

    Fucking hell, it’s Avengers Assmble at the ACT Party.

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  21. John Ansell (861 comments) says:

    Ayn like mine is stooping pretty low. I seem to recall ACT’s Rodney Hide working pretty hard to help the Muttons, or at least highlighting the sadness and unfairness of their case. Not sure how that can be used as ammunition against Lindsay.

    After being initially gobsmacked by his appointment, after a nanosecond’s reflection I realised it was just the sort of bold move ACT needs to be making right now.

    Only one regret: presumably this will put the kibosh on his TV show – an island of reason in a sea of reality.

    Welcome to the far left, Lindsay!

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  22. Maggie (674 comments) says:

    Brash, Banks and now Perigo. What’s next? Maybe they’ll dig up Fred Flintstone as their mining spokesman?

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  23. James (1,338 comments) says:

    I think it would be more factual to say they raised it because the Libz did not believe they should have to pay taxes.

    More factual still to say they don’t believe anyone should be threatened with force and threats to hand over their property to State goons……the kind of thing we remember our old soldiers fighting and dying to prevent occurring via foreign aggression here every ANZAC day.

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  24. nasska (9,558 comments) says:

    Maggie @ 4.21pm

    Up until now they’ve been content to recycle former political identities…..I fear that the next move may involve reincarnation.

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  25. poneke (280 comments) says:

    the kind of thing we remember our old soldiers fighting and dying to prevent occurring via foreign aggression here every ANZAC day

    I know it was before my time, but I never heard before today that Gallipoli was about fighting the IRD.

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  26. wat dabney (3,466 comments) says:

    I never heard before today that Gallipoli was about fighting the IRD

    This is a very common position of the left: whilst proud of the occasions when they helped defeat certain forms of authoritarianism abroad, they think it’s okay if they impose it themselves domestically. People like Dennis Healey, who fought against Germany during the last war but as British Chancellor himself treated people as state property.

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  27. Richard (29 comments) says:

    @ ayn like mine

    It’s ACT, Jim, but not as we know it.

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  28. Viking2 (10,744 comments) says:

    Wat. there’s your mistake. The left never go to war. They are pacifists and cowards. The first Labour Govt was full of them, many from Australia including Savage. Indeed no MP could be in Savages Cabinet if he had been to war. That created the problem with John A Lee as he was the only Labour person who had been an enlisted soldier. And look what the lefties did to him. His story is a good read although most of the lefties deny it.
    Clarks lot were the same as are most of their camp followers.

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  29. James (1,338 comments) says:

    What Wat said pokemon….;-)

    Viking2…to be fair a lot of lefties did go to fight the fascists in the Spanish civil war….but then that scrap was akin to the Mongrel Mob fighting the Black Power for control of the drug trade so easy to overlook…

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  30. Dave Mann (1,127 comments) says:

    I find it hilarious how a simple discussion about a rational and intelligent journalist deciding to re-enter the political system in order to contribute to something he believes in can so quickly degenerate into such a whirlpool of invective and dredging up the past. Is this what politics is about? Obviously for some, it is.

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  31. Maggie (674 comments) says:

    Intelligent, no doubt. Rational, never.

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  32. Dave Mann (1,127 comments) says:

    Oh I don’t know, Maggie… I thought it was quite a rational thing to do, to step out into the real world and forsake the cloud cuckoo land of political extremism for the sale of actually having a chance to contribute something meaningful.

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  33. Maggie (674 comments) says:

    Viking2 (4,128) Says:

    May 30th, 2011 at 6:51 pm
    Wat. there’s your mistake. The left never go to war. They are pacifists and cowards. The first Labour Govt was full of them, many from Australia including Savage. Indeed no MP could be in Savages Cabinet if he had been to war. That created the problem with John A Lee as he was the only Labour person who had been an enlisted soldier. And look what the lefties did to him. His story is a good read although most of the lefties deny it.
    Clarks lot were the same as are most of their camp followers.

    I’ve read some nonsense on this blog but for sheer stupidity, not to mention historical inaccuracy, this one gets the prize.

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  34. James (1,338 comments) says:

    Dave Mann…here’s a great piece by Rodney Hide that tells the story of Ian Mutton’s death at the hands of the IRD…read it and weep….if you have a human soul.

    http://rubyjudas.wordpress.com/2006/09/26/the-life-of-every-human-soul-was-a-life-worth-dying-for/

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  35. James (1,338 comments) says:

    I want to end with just one story. There is a guy in New Zealand, he lived on the Kapiti coast. Ian Lee Mutton was his name. He was a good guy. Father, husband, two little kiddies, and he was a good sportsman, and he worked and he liked a wee drink and having fun. And his business was, and he worked hard at it, was putting in air conditioning units in new office towers. And he had a dream, he dreamt that rather than working for other people he could go out into business on his own. And he did that. And he was good at the work, but he was a lousy businessman. He quoted too low, some of his people didn’t pay, and the costs got out of control. But he persevered and he learnt. He got to the end of one year 1992, and he owed $6,000 terminal tax. No big deal, knew he owed it, was going to pay it.

    He then had an accident off a ladder at work and broke his ankle and couldn’t work. He had been assessed for this tax, and the demands kept coming. His ACC, such as it is for self-employed didn’t come, even though he had been paying it all these years. So he and his family were suffering no end. Here he was hobbling around on crutches. He went repeatedly to the IRD with his wife saying, “Look, I can’t pay this”. They wouldn’t listen to him. He had to pay, they’re the rules. He says, “I’m not working”, doesn’t matter. He gets back to work, someone smashes his utility up and he has to spend more money so he can keep working. He pays his tax that year, he pays his tax the next year, he pays in his next year more tax than he has ever paid in his life as a percentage. And he gets to the end of that year, and he owes more than he did at the start. Because the penalties and the interest are just overwhelming him. His accountant and his business manager go in to see the IRD begging them to give this guy some relief. He’s working hard, here’s all his accounts, give him some relief. They wouldn’t.

    His marriage split up, his wife couldn’t take the pressure. He was behaving strangely, the pressure was huge on him. That bills were just being generated by that horrible computer that the IRD has and they would be arriving at his house in envelopes and in the finish, he couldn’t even open them, he just threw them in the bin. In his final year, he went on booze a bit. He didn’t pay any tax, so it mounted, and the debt got to $45,000. He then snapped out of it, he stopped the drinking, he got back with his wife, he realised that he had to make his business go bankrupt, stop his dreams, stop his aspirations. And he got a job working in Queenstown, putting in air conditioning units working for someone else. All he had in the world at that point was a utility worth $5,000 and $1,100 worth of tools.

    On the day that he was to leave to Queenstown to take up his new job, the IRD turned up. They wanted the ute, and the tools, to offset the debt. They were going to take the very means that he had to make a living. He drove the utility up to the Otaki Gorge and killed himself. He penned before he died a message to the IRD, saying that “you are responsible for this, that you have taken everything that I ever had, that I now leave this world like I came into it, with nothing, but that I beat you, because you no longer going to get any more out of me,” and he signed, the last thing he did on earth, was to sign that note, “one happy man”.

    The IRD got that note, they turned up at the widow’s house wanting the ute and the tools. She then, ladies and gentlemen, goes outside and stands on the porch and sees her twelve-year-old son hanging dead from the tree. He couldn’t take his father’s death. The IRD have never apologised, never said they have done wrong. These laws, ladies and gentlemen, they are not just costing us jobs, they’re not just putting us in fear, but they’re costing good people their lives. That’s what our tax laws are doing in this country.

    Rodney Hide

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  36. Clint Heine (1,560 comments) says:

    I see Poneke is back on the bottle again.

    This whole Lindsay, Banks and Brash all joining ACT is surreal. Lets see what happens.

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  37. Dave Mann (1,127 comments) says:

    Gee thats some sad story alright. And I can certainly see the connection with Lindsay Perigo because if has the letters I R and D in his name. Thats freaky. But hang on though… in Lindsay Perigo’s name the letters of the beast do not appear in that exact order. Does this mean that Mr Perigo is only partly responsible?

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  38. Maggie (674 comments) says:

    Very clumsy attempt at deflection, Dave. Why not just admit you’re a heartless bastard and move on?

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  39. ayn like mine (2 comments) says:

    @Dave Mann

    Lindsay has used the story of Ian Mutton to vilify ACT over the last 15 years for using parliamentary funding, broadcasting funding etc. He once refered to this as Ian Mutton’s blood money.

    Now Lindsay has accepted a job working for parliamentary service, paid with money stolen from the taxpayer: Ian Mutton, Annette Faulkner, Errol Taylor and countless other victims of the IRD. In his own words, he is a parasite, with his diseased mouth sucking off the state tit.

    He is a hypocrite of the highest order.

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  40. KevinH (1,129 comments) says:

    Banks and Perigo on the same team. Don’t think so. Banks will squash Perigo if he gets it wrong, pure and simple.Brash will have difficulty maintaining momentum through to November, unless there is an early call, and this appointment will not resonate with National supporters who will party vote ACT in Epsom.

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  41. Ruth (178 comments) says:

    Perigo distanced himself from Libertarianz some time ago, and has been sniping at the party ever since. So he is not really being a hypocrite. Nor is he 1000% libertarian if one takes a look at his various postings at http:/solopassion.com

    Brash is not a lib either – so the relationship will be good as long as it lasts. And previous history shows that Perigo has fallen out with just about everyone he has ever worked with so I don’t expect it to last very long.

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  42. Retardinator (7 comments) says:

    Surely the Epsom barb was for John Banks.

    Did you ever hear John Banks’ early morning radio show – when he was on Radio Pacific? He is an extremely intolerant Christian crusader who would directly attack invited guest on his show if he deemed that they didn’t match up with his quaint religious moral code. Banks’ blind fundamentalist intolerance clashes with Lindsay Perigo on a number of levels perhaps most importantly Banks’ stance on the queers and what they should do with barbed wire.

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  43. Retardinator (7 comments) says:

    “His comment on Epsom is interesting. It could be a barb at Rodney, or a barb at John Banks. I honestly am unsure.”

    “Barb”… with puns like that you could write for the 6pm news, I heard they pay per pun… barbed wire… meh.

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  44. George Patton (330 comments) says:

    If ever there was a website suited for Lindsay Perigo, it is one called “Solo Passion”.

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  45. Clint Heine (1,560 comments) says:

    It’s going to end up very very messy for ACT. You think the last 12 months were awful, just wait until Banks and Brash completely tear the party up. Next stop, purging the board.

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  46. George Patton (330 comments) says:

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Boscawen is next for the chop. Too young for the new ACT…

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