There are some on the left who still believe in freedom of speech

Lauren Southern

Malcolm Harbrow is left-wing, but I would class him as an honourable lefty. You will see this when you read his response to the de-platforming of Lauren Southern: Quote:

So, a pair of foreign racists want to visit New Zealand, and naturally some people?want to have them banned to prevent them from speaking:


Unfortunately, being insulted is just something people have to put up with in a free and democratic society, and our Supreme Court is on record (in?Brooker v Police) as saying so.? ?

We have a right to?freedom of speech?in New Zealand, which covers not just the right of these racists to speak, but also the right of their racist audience to listen.

Restricting that right pre-emptively requires a very high test: basically an announced intention on the part of the speaker to incite a riot. If that test isn’t met, there’s no justifiable reason to prevent them from speaking.

And as I’ve said in?other?cases, the answer to speech you don’t like is more speech, not less.

If they’re giving a speech, then protest outside, and make it damn clear to everyone that kiwis don’t agree with their racism and Islamophobia. End quote.

He is 100% right, and anyone calling for them to be silenced, de-platformed or banned outright is actually a fascist.

It is people like Malcolm Harbrow who give me hope that some on the left actually believe in freedom of speech rather than say they do then add ‘but’.

There are no ‘buts’ added to a statement about free speech. You either believe in it or you don’t. Greg Presland clearly doesn’t believe in it as he was encouraging people to sign petitions calling for them to be banned.

Malcolm Harbrow does believe in it and has shown consistency in this regard.

Phil Goff has shown he too is a fascist. He may also have broken the law by making his unilateral decision to cancel their venue.