National gutless on free speech

Simon Bridges & Chris Bishop ( left) burying Free Speech

Here is the e-mail I sent to Chris Bishop, MP for Hutt South, on Sunday. I also sent the same e-mail to Simon Bridges, with only name changes.

Hi Chris

I am alarmed and very disappointed to have heard nothing from the National Party about the terrible incident in Auckland on Friday. We now have the situation in New Zealand where there is no thing as free speech, as it was closed down by a bunch of activist thugs who created a bomb scare to terrorise the venue owner.

Before I continue, I wish to point out that I was not going to the event, but have seen Lauren Southern’s documentary ‘Farmlands’ which covers the unpalatable topic of the systematic murder of white South Africans. No other media outlet has mentioned it, as far as I know, and because she has done this, she had been named as a ‘white supremacist’. So, are we saying then that it is OK to murder white people? Because that is where her label has come from.

Regardless of that, however, until Friday, we had a policy in New Zealand that everyone was entitled to their opinion and had the right to express it. Sadly, that is no longer the case.

Our Prime Minister has shown herself also to be on the side of left-wing activist thugs, which is probably more alarming that the cancellation of the event itself.

I call on National to stand up for free speech, as nobody else will. If they do not, we are on the slippery slope to anarchy. We are on that slope already, but only National can halt the slide.

Chris, look at it this way. The thugs are emboldened. All this started with Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland, refusing to allow Southern/Molyneux to speak at council venues. What if, in 2020, he decides not to let Simon Bridges speak at a council venue? He can do it. He’s done it before. And then all he does is gets his thugs out, and that is the end of the opposition in New Zealand.

You probably think I am exaggerating. But I’ll bet a lot of people in Europe in the 1930s thought what people were saying about Hitler was an exaggeration too.

Free speech is too important an issue to lose. Think about the world your children will grow up in. Is this what you want for them?

So would you like to take a guess at the response I got to this?
You will be very disappointed.

First, this reply came from Simon Bridges within a couple of hours.

Dear Christine

I assure you I stand for free speech and will stand up for it. Best wishes
Simon Bridges

Great Simon. I’m so glad you will stand up for free speech. So… how are you going to do that?

The reply from Chris Bishop came this morning.

Hi Christine

As it happens I agree with you and I hope the person who called in the bomb scare is prosecuted. I was appalled when Phil Goff banned the speakers from the Council venue. Almost certainly that was illegal as councils are required to act consistently with the Bill of Rights Act 1990 which of course protects free speech.

Their views are controversial and some people have been offended by them but the bar for banning speech is a very high one and they get nowhere near it of course.

It will be interesting to see how the legal case the Free Speech Coalition is taking plays out.

I have no issue with counter protests etc (that?s free speech too) but the way the authorities acted over these two speakers was outrageous


Well, we seem to have no problem with National supporting free speech, in exactly the same way that Jacinda does. How honourable. The problem is that they ‘support’ free speech, but are prepared to do absolutely nothing to try to protect it. The country gave in to the Thug’s veto at the weekend, and our opposition, who are supposed to represent the more ‘conservative’ voice, have rolled over and given in to the thugs as well.

I really despair for this country. We are going to hell in a handcart, and National is more concerned about reducing our 0.02% of carbon emissions every year. There really is no hope for us.