An email from a reader


Another fine email from a reader concerned about freedom of speech.

It is astonishing that those ont eh left who cry about democracy are the ones moving to shut down who people speak to, creating lits of approved people who people are allowed to speak to.

This is a nothing short of group think…the very thing that George Orwell warned us of.

In defence of John Key, Cam Slater, et al.

Who do the neanderthals, tree huggers and social engineers of the left think they are?

By what divine right do they believe that they can determine who, and who not, the PM can text with?

In the melee that passes for intelligent debate in Parliament they seem to have lost sight of on the most most fundamental principles of our nation, the right to unfettered dialogue. They would take unto themselves this right but try and deny that same right to us, the peasants.

This noble concept of free speech seems to be under threat from the very people who should be defending it.

Much of what passes for a free exchange of views via various mediums is often highly opinionated, ill-tempered, sometimes in error, often defamatory and rarely gracious. Despite all that we must defend the right to hold and disseminate our views, hopefully within the constraints of the law. As this old scribbler can tell you the late, great Jimmy Dunn of the NZ Truth will be turning in his grave at what he sees going on.

Given the ease, access and speed that ideas/texts fly around to be seen by all in sundry it behooves the senders to be more aware and circumspect with the messages but this is no argument for moderating the ideas.

Freedom of expression is part of the grease that oils our society, and that helps us arrive at fair and considered decisions.

We must repel with great vigour those who would have it otherwise.

We only need to look to East Germany under the Stasi, or recently North Korea where people live in abject fear of holding an opinion.

Never, ever should a politician dictate or selectively determine what you, I or any of our countrymen can say, think, or communicate with our fellows.

Well said that man.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.