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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  • murrayirwin

    Hear, hear.

  • Jaffa

    John Key should have said,

    “I’ll text whoever I like, it’s a free country, mind your own business”.

    And that would have been the end of it!

    • JKV

      Absolutely right Jaffa. I wish JK had said this right from the outset. By smearing Cam the left are trying to simultaneously smear JK by association. I have a feeling it’s not going to work. The public are bored with this rubbish.

      • Citizen

        could it be tactical by JK and National, to lull the left into continuing along this line and poisoning their own chalice?

        • jude

          Let us hope so. I think the left just show us all, how they didn’t listen before the election, and they are not listening now.
          They like to think that with the MSM on board they can tarnish this governments image.
          What they fail to see is the mud is blowing straight back at them.!
          I wonder how their investigation as to what happened to their support, in this years election is going.
          By the looks of their behaviour in Parliament, no where.

    • cows4me

      I would have smacked the pest in the nose.

    • Mikev

      Exactly…pity he didnt. If it is raised again that is what he should say. The general support would be deafening!

  • conwaycaptain

    I disagree with what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it

    • ozbob68

      Classic saying of the military. Now would the Greens reciprocate that sentiment? Tui Ad.

      • fergus

        Oscar wilde and Voltaire

  • cows4me

    Yes it’s well said and has been said many times and must continually be said. The left don’t do freedom of speech despite their whining protests claiming freedom of speech is one of their tenets, they are a pack of lairs. They no full well their basic ideology will never pass the sniff test when taken apart by the great unwashed, us. This is why they not only have to control the narrative they have to silence the reply, God forbid the other unwashed question those that know what’s best for them. Look at the stunt She Beast tried to pull, limiting what could be said up to so many months before an election. Freedom of speech is no friend of the left.

    • taurangaruru

      Freedom of speech, freedom of thoughts & freedom of association – all things the left seek control over. Just look at history for proof.

    • Kiwibabe

      Nor much of Islam.

    • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

      Another thread on WO today asks “is angry andy a sociopath?”, with the result that, on balance of analysis, and personally, he is not really a sociopath at all.

      the Left collectively demonstrates itself to be highly sociopathic :-
      1) Sociopaths are charming, they have high charisma and tend to attract a following just because people want to be around them.
      2) Sociopaths are more spontaneous and intense than other people.
      3) Sociopaths are incapable of feeling shame, guilt or remorse.
      4) Sociopaths invent outrageous lies about their experiences.
      5) Sociopaths seek to dominate others and “win” at all costs.
      6) Sociopaths tend to be highly intelligent, but they use their brainpower to deceive others rather than empower them.
      7) Sociopaths are incapable of love and are entirely self-serving.
      8) Sociopaths speak poetically. They are master wordsmiths.
      9) Sociopaths never apologize. They are never wrong. They never feel guilt. They can never apologise
      10) Sociopaths are delusional and literally believe that what they say. becomes truth merely because they say it!

  • Michael_l_c

    And the hard thing is that we must protect the right of the left to speak as they do, within the limits of civil & criminal law. Just a pity that some of them lack the ethics, integrity, sense to act similarly. Nothing like a good old ‘rational’ discussion between those with opposing views. Sometimes we even end up agreeing on some things.

    I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.

    • Ghost

      Its reasonably easy to protect and justify the rights of the left to speak, I have always been for freedoms for all, the beauty of letting them speak is it highlights the level of hypocrisy they bring to any argument. Very entertaining.

    • ShoreRight

      They got plenty or air/ear time during the election campaign and look how that worked out for them….

  • JustanObserver

    The Left are all for Freedom of Speech … Their Speech.
    Their self-belief that their message and only their message and opinions are ‘Righteous’ fuels their spite and hatred of anything different.
    They have no care for true freedom of speech, they want to hear nothing but the sound of their own voices, read nothing but their own words and see nothing but their own doing.
    They got exactly that in the last election.

    • Kiwibabe

      A bit like a certain fanatical religion that is totally intolerant of dissent.

  • fergus

    Of the quotes I read…I liked this best.

    “My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it
    defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any
    time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line,
    and kiss my ass.”

    Christopher Hitchens

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  • Champagneshane

    You know what I think;
    With over 100,000 page reads a day and climbing, with closing on a million page reads a week, JK should stride into parliament tomorrow afternonn and say…

    ” guess what muppets, I sat in bed last night and read WO before dozzing off to sleep. Whats more you dropkicks I texted Cam and he replied. So stuff it you miserable lot
    of no hopers. I’ll do as I please and take no notice of you Taliban/Statsi hybrids “

  • Wheninrome

    The saying –
    “I don’t agree with what you are saying, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”, or versions there of.
    Holds true and this is what should be being promoted in a democracy not the line or version “reporters, TV auto cue readers etc., decide people should think.
    This is why I cannot stand those rehash of court cases on TV, the number of people who change their view just because they saw it on tv, therefore it must be right never ceases to amaze me.

  • MaryLou

    In the interests of free speech – I’ve soured 3 publications today, and not one article on TXT,s, Cam – or for that matter Green Party correspondence. Looks like those emails with Jan Logie worked a treat!

    What’s next, in the battle to bring back free speech?

  • Mikex

    It’s interesting how the Lefty politicians, media, academics and hangers on all chant righteously from the same hymn book, either in solo or as a chorus. All gleefully accepting adulation and the confirmation they hear coming back to them.
    Unfortunately for them its actually only an echo they can hear of their own voices coming back from the sides of the big piss pot they are all standing in. Only when they look over the sides do they realise that nobody is listening.
    Hence the big, big shock when they were flushed down the loo by the horrendous election result.

  • Keanne Lawrence

    Great post. Brief, concise and right on the button.

  • Kiwibabe

    Freedom of speech is what makes Mr Slator rather unpopular, but makes WOBH important to NZ.