Dear Mr Mayor

Date:?6 July 2018
To:?Mayor Phil Goff [email protected] govt.nz
Subject:?Free Speech

Dear Mr Mayor,

You appear to have fallen into line with those of the global movement whose thought processes don?t allow free speech unless the person speaking is articulating subject matter they agree with. They only become vociferous if the speaker is from the right of the political spectrum. This, of course, puts them firmly on the left.

In coming to your decision did it remotely occur to you that the threatened civil disobedience, which incidentally I call disturbing the peace for which I understand a person can be arrested, should not be tolerated.

Society is on a very slippery slope and democracy is under threat if people are unable to choose how they might spend their leisure time. You might not wish to attend the function. That is your right. I did not wish to see Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama but I will defend to the death the right of those who wish to go to be able to do just that.

It?s not a matter of comparing apples with apples, it?s the basic principle of a person?s right to be able to choose what they wish to do.

This is of such importance in a democratic society that it is not too strong a point to make that our men and others went to war to ensure this would remain the case. It is a sad day for this city when we appear to have a Mayor who caves at the first sign of trouble. You have taken the side of a group who are purely activists from your side of the political fence. You have therefore also risked showing your political bias which is unbecoming of someone in your position.

The correct handling of this matter would be to alert the Police to be in attendance and arrest anyone who breaks the law. There is nothing wrong with a peaceful protest and they should be allowed to voice their opinion. They call themselves peaceful so one would not expect them to cause trouble. I say that with a little dubiousness, however. One thing?s for sure, trouble won?t be caused by those going to the event.

Remember what Winston Churchill said:

Everyone is in favour of free speech. Hardly a day passes without it being extolled, but some people?s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.

Many people think your decision is just that, an outrage.

Kind regards,
John [redacted]

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