I'm referring to this contribution from former ACT MP Stephen Franks.
Yes, yes yes – at last those who our masters would make into worms have turned.I can totally understand the frustrations felt by businesspeople unable to access their premises. If I were in their position I could well imagine being driven almost crazy.
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.
Still, let's think this through. If authorities let through the cordon anyone who wanted to go in, and if a building were to collapse on one of those people, we'd be demanding the head of someone in a position of responsibility.
This may be a difficult concept for some people who believe property rights are paramount, but sometimes the protection of human life is more important than stuff. It's just stuff. Things. Possessions. Chattels.
What made Franks' intemperate post all the more amusing was the almost pre-programmed need to blame the entire situation on the left. This is not a left v right thing. You could hardly call the police and army puppets of our all-seeing socialist overlords.
I just hope that the citizen revolt Franks is calling for doesn't end up with someone being buried under a tonne of bricks and masonry.