People take offence at the slightest of things these days. The point is it is them taking offence, not other people giving it.
We live in a democracy with freedom of speech, people can, and do, say things that are offensive to some other people…get a grip…which is what Rodney Hide is saying.
Warning to the readily offended: don’t read further. You have been warned.
I like Maurice Williamson. He’s smart, funny, caring and a good local MP. He’s a gifted orator and puts in the effort to make a good show.
He’s not boring. He’s not politically correct. He bounces up to the edge of acceptability and sometimes bounces right over.
MPs’ speeches are too often mumbled, jumbled rehashes of press statements and policy releases. They provide no thrills. Their public performances are mind-numbingly dreary. Williamson is the exception.
These days that’s dangerous. We have among us wowsers all too ready to take offence and make themselves virtuous through complaining. They will tweet, Facebook, run to the media and blacklist associated businesses, all to humiliate those who dare give them offence, the poor, delicate petals.
Their threshold for offence is wafer-thin.
The offender is always wrong; never the offended. There’s no defence. The only acceptable response is abject apology and a lifetime of shame.
That’s why putting on a show — especially for a politician — is dangerous. The offence is determined by the offended. Their outrage proves their virtue. Their fellow wowsers join in without knowing facts or context. They jeer each other along with tweets and online commentary and render their target a pariah. Their vitriol makes the Salem witch hunts look like considered process.