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Monday, October 15, 2007

Rodney Hide on Freedom of Speech

ACT leader Rodney Hide uses his speech in support of repealing the sedition laws, to point out Green Party hypocrisy in supporting Labour's Electoral Finance Bill:

From Rodney's Blog

But I want Mr Keith Locke to reflect on this. He said that it is important that in a free society, in a democratic society, even people who want to advocate hateful ideas, like bin Ladenism, should be entitled to do so. I agree with him.

So we can have a situation now where we are standing up and saying “Yes, it’s OK to advocate fascism, yes it’s OK to advocate bin Ladenism, but the Exclusive Brethren who attacked the Greens broke [no] law, so we’re going to change the law so they can’t do it.”

So what is special about election year? Suddenly in election year we are going to pass a law. We will not be seditious; we will just be in breach of our electoral laws. Where is the sense in that? We are passing a law here tonight, quite rightly, so that we can advocate what was commonly called sedition, but we are also contemplating passing a law that says we cannot put out a pamphlet saying we do not like the Government, we do not like the National Party, we do not like the Maori Party, or we do not like the ACT party. It does not even have to be untrue; it just becomes unlawful.

So have we not got this a bit skew-whiff? Because would not one be saying Stalinism and Fascism killed millions of people? I do not think the Exclusive Brethren could hurt a flea, actually. I do not think what they were advocating was dangerous. It was just their political views. It might be wacky. It might not be what one agrees with.


But surely in this House, if we can stand up here like Mr Locke says and say: “It’s OK to advocate Fascism, it’s OK to advocate Stalinism, and it’s OK to advocate bin Ladenism”,
then surely it is OK to criticise the Greens. Surely it is OK to criticise Helen Clark. Surely it is OK to criticise the National Party and the ACT party, and surely in one’s criticism it must be OK to run off a few pamphlets and put them in a grateful nation’s letterbox so they can say “absolutely”.

Now they are scared of the people. They are scared of allowing New Zealanders to advocate their ideas and to spend what little money they have after the tax man has been and Michael Cullen has spent it, and to print a pamphlet and stick it in a neighbour’s letterbox.

Hat Tip Kiwi Blog

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most interesting thing about Locke is his access to the mainstream media.

Apart from Clarke, Key,and flaky Winston, Locke is one of the most quoted MP in the daily papers, Radio Helen (Radio NZ), and State TV.

Lefties of the media love him.

Rodney is right about Locke and the Greens' hypocrisy on freedom of speech. But Rodney may be expecting too much of someone from one of the last family's in New Zealand to unrepentantly support Stalin and his terror.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not think the Exclusive Brethren could hurt a flea, actually.

Hmmmmm Rodney might be pretty quick on most things , but he`s a little slow if thats what he really thinks .

7:46 PM  

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