Again, certain people have chosen to ignore blog etiquette. This morning, an unnamed councillor (nah, bugger it, it was Lyndy MacIntyre), somehow worked out who OM is, and contacted OM directly to discuss Ostrich Economics.
Ostriches and bad blog manners before I've had my (non-organic, non Free Trade) coffee? Bad. Very bad.
The far Left ostriches in Kapiti have a deeply immature habit of using rhetoric and subtly manipulative language to push its causes. Start with a literal truth steeped in emotion (or make it emotive: "think of the children!/trees!/environment!") that most sane people will agree with. Then, hide the substantive truth.
Where is the intellectual rigour to lift the cloak on this dishonesty? That democratic voice is suppressed.
When discussing the Western Link Road and the expressway options put forward by the Government, phrases are used by the Kapiti ostriches, such as "we care" about the environment so "we want to lead" the roading decision. An assumption is made that people want the Council to "do something".
See how the literal truth conveys the substantive untruth. The literal truth - "we care" about the environment - is used as a bait. If you accept that bait, you will therefore accept the rest of it. It is true that many people care about the environment. The substantive untruth is that the Council should be out in front, leading this roading issue, and ergo, presumably seeing itself as leading the world on climate change with ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions.
Statements such as, "the people of Kapiti don't want it, so the Government should accept that," are untrue, or at the very least, completely untested. There is no evidence that Kapiti Coasters (or Kapitians?) support any particular option in overwhelming numbers. No poll has been taken. The Council and the likes of Lyndy MacIntyre assume support when it is nothing more than turn outs to meetings held by high profile individuals pushing one agenda to orchestrated campaign activists.
At the same time, they remain opposed to hearing views that do not support their stance, particularly those steeped in intellectual rigour. To hell with democratic voice. Of course, you will never hear them utter that literal and substantive truth.