I wonder if we realise how much we owe Ian Wishart?
Looking back at the history of INVESTIGATE magazine should very much bring home to us the fact that writer and publisher Ian Wishart made the holes in the hedges on so many issues of the day. This was not only in his painstaking analysis of so many of the political and social issues given once-over-lightly treatment by far the majority of our journalists. His refusal to look for anything but the truth of issues behind the façades shielding some of our most prominent – (and most damaging) – politicians brought home to so many of us what was, and still is, happening to this country.
It will take a long time indeed before his deservedly bestselling books even begin to date. And given the blacklisting given to my own books and columns by a basically malevolent, government-supported literary hierarchy dominated by a thoroughly unscrupulous Left coterie in this country, I owe Ian for his courage in publishing and supporting my own well-researched columns which, too, were before their time.
The neo-Marxist infiltration of our now third-rate education system, and the pernicious effects on a formerly more unified, less crime-ridden country – with the deliberate fomenting of a grievance mentality among so many of part-Maori genetic inheritance – were areas which very much concerned a few of us over three decades ago.
The results are now with us – due to the intellectual laziness and vote-buying propensity of our politicians. But that the churches now seem to have lost their own pathway to carry forward the message of the Christian values and beliefs so long fundamental in stabilising Western society, should give us cause for increasing concern. That the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in particular, long regarded as less likely to give way to contemporary fashions, are now regarded as needing a reminder of what has always been its central message, is no light matter.
As always, so much depends upon individuals, challenging what has gone wrong. And as one individual who has always stood up to be counted, regardless of whether or not readers have always agreed with his views – and as head and shoulders above so many of his journalist colleagues – Ian Wishart deserves all our respect.
© Amy Brooke.