Maybe hiding free speech debate in secret is the smartest move for the Left?

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The Government are woefully proceeding with the Free Speech vs Hate Speech legislation before the election and they are conducting it in secret with the Human Rights Commission

Proposed hate speech laws for New Zealand are imminent.

Justice Minister Andrew Little told Stuff the Government is bringing forward changes around hate speech, but shaping a law had taken time.

A number of options were now “working their way through” the cabinet process, he said.

“The review of our hate speech laws are in the final stages. I expect there will be an announcement in a matter of weeks.”

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The Ministry of Justice has looked at relevant aspects of the Human Rights Act, the Harmful Digital Communications Act, and sections of the Crimes Act to see what laws needed to be changed or added.

It also consulted with affected communities and reported back to Little before Christmas, with the expectation that an announcement would be made shortly after.

Ministry of Justice chief executive Andrew Kibblewhite said hate speech was a “tricky thing” to navigate.

The Human Rights Commission had led some of the work with the ministry as they wanted some of the conversation to happen away from the political fray, given it could easily be derailed with so many strongly held views, he said.

…it’s really important that the Government has a secret conversation about limiting free speech for two reasons.

The first is that if the Woke activist base of NZ Twitter think there’s a hate speech debate occurring, they will want involvement and will almost certainly demand the misuse of pronouns as a hate crime, abuse of religion as hate speech and will want trigger free spaces to be publicly respected.

You can already see the petition on Action Station.

Normally I’m being factitious here, but in this case, I’m being very literal. The woke are as nuanced as Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.

The Government can sneak those changes in without the woke activist base drawing attention to it and turning the vast, vast, vast electorate of NZ against the Government as the majority will perceive such virtue signalling elevated to hate crimes to be an affront to a progressive liberal democracy.

The second reason it is best for the State to hold secret discussions on censoring free speech is because what the woke can’t comprehend in the frenzy of their righteous lynch mob is how the rest of everyone reacts to their online cancellation lynch mob culture.

Social media is so ubiquitous that there is always someone in your feed screaming you are racist, sexist and evil for comments they disagree with – people will freak out thinking those same people will be Judge, Jury and Executioner of what they say online and this is generating momentum to ACT who since picking up the culture war free speech battle flag now have enough of a Party vote to start pulling in MPs to join David Seymour.

Our response on the Left to censor opinions we don’t agree with is breathing life into ACT making the next Government more likely to be National-ACT than Labour-Green.

So holding discussions to curtail free speech by defining criticism of religion as hate speech or misuse of pronouns a hate crime is the smartest thing Labour can do and quickly ram the changes through before ACT notice and the Right use it as a rallying cry for the election.

Well played team.

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    • Funny how the Open Government Partnership is funded by the same person funding the online hate research and lobbying.

  1. I’m going with… you’re taking the piss in between slamming your forehead into your keyboard?

  2. I am fine with dealing with bigots, and filthy racists–But–for a good result rather than a debacle, the working class should be taken with the Govt as much as is possible, which means instituting Fair Pay Agreements before the election, and implementing the Welfare Working Group report before the election.

    Hate Speech should at best get a mention in the middle of a second term.

  3. Wrong, they should not be doing anything. They are going to make things worse.

    Already our governments over the past decade have blown up everything they have tried to change, from housing to terrorism to water to council to trade deals to zoning.

    Things are getting worse for people, not better with all the ‘improvements’ especially those that the public are not privy to they tend to be the biggest disasters going forward.

    Disgusting!

  4. I would almost enjoy wokies pushing for religion hate speech, and watch them all in court for their anti-Christian rants.

    There are too many idiots who cannot see the longterm impacts of their stupidity. This religion one is a perfect example of how it could go drastically wrong. Imagine some woke people scared shitless of “Islamophobia” in NZ (despite personally realising that living in a sharia law state would not be fun for most liberal westerners) introduce anti-religion hate speech laws… and then in 10 years time we’ve got an extremist version of Christian fundamentalism running NZ govt and anyone who ever dared express a single anti-christian view is locked up under this same hate speech law the woke are pushing now. Good one guys, very well thought out. Personally I would hate to live under Sharia law, and I would hate to live under extremist Christian law. I have muslim whanau, saying I would not want to live under Sharia is NOT islamophobic! I have Christian friends, but saying I would not want to live under an extremist christian fundamentalist regime is NOT hate speech!

    • The human rights commissioner “discussing” this censorship is a Brit Labour aligned mate of Jeremy Corbyn.
      It’s a jack up, we are in for UK style laws that literally see a police visit for calling a trans person the wrong name, and new levels of stupidity and intolerance to each other (hows that wonderful hate free multiculturalism working out Britain?) culminating in more violence and attempts to ban sharp kitchen knives.
      Weaponise the taking of offense and watch NZs woke idiots use it to further destroy our once tolerant society.

  5. You’re 100% correct Martyn

    Andrew Little isn’t the sharpest knife in the box and his toying with our basic freedom will gain the ire of all thinking New Zealanders from the left and from the right. He will drive voters away from Labour in droves.

    Add in the mix Jacinda effectively banning public protest on the premise of the virus, and we have a toxic political situation leading up to the election.

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