When even your own team is starting to do public facepalms highlighting your stuff-ups, they really, really want you gone.
The whiteanting continues at No Right Turn:
Over the weekend, Labour leader David Cunliffe announced plans for a “digital bill of rights”, to protect access to the Internet and outlaw warrantless surveillance. Which is good, but then there’s this bit:
“It would also guarantee freedom of expression, thought, conscience and religion, while still outlawing hate speech.”
This sounds good – but its actually an erosion compared to what we have at present. Those freedoms, whether offline or on, are currently protected by the BORA.
But hate speech isn’t outlawed in practical terms (there is a crime of inciting racial disharmony, but there was only a single prosecution under the 1971 Act, and the consensus now is that the BORA has made it almost impossible to prosecute).
So that “still” hides a massive crackdown on online expression. It may be expression we don’t like, that we find hateful and offensive [ Are you thinking Whaleoil here? Â I am! ], but that doesn’t justify outlawing it, any more than it justifies outlawing rickrolling.
Which means the answer to Labour’s proposal has to be “no thanks”.
Good luck with that election-thing.
The Labour Party really should run these ideas past people before testing them out on the public. Â I know, it’s a lack of money, but it shows that time and time again, the internal knowledge of the Labour Party isn’t sufficient to do an adequate job.
And anything coming from
Kim Dotcom Clare Curran… experience should teach them that nothing goes public without a good proof read by someone outside of the Labour Party. Â ([email protected])
(points for the apostrophe though!)
- No Right Turn