Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says ACT’s campaign against hate speech reforms has “disheartened” her because the Government is yet to make any decisions.
But ACT leader David Seymour immediately pushed back, saying he’s equally “disheartened” by the Prime Minister’s suggestion his party is not willing to engage.
The long-awaited reforms of hate speech laws in the aftermath of the 2019 Christchurch terror attack could include expanded penalties for breaching the law, according to a Cabinet paper obtained by Newsroom.
The Prime Minister waded through the raw grief of the Christchurch atrocity and she would not be a human being if that didn’t have an enormous impact upon her.
That is why she has no sense of political capital she is about to burn through with the hate speech legislation.
While being critical of a lack of hate speech prosecutions, the Government are looking to hand over to Police the power to prosecute and imprison for 3 year anyone who breaks ill defined hate speech laws.
This push to start a free speech war occurs at a unique time in peoples experience with social media.
Most people are on social media, most people have seen woke lynch mobs hanging people for breaches of woke doctrine, most people self censor now and the backlash to that type of micro aggression policing is ripe for ACT to plunder.
The woke of course can’t help themselves and are already attacking anyone online who is framing this as a free speech issue which of course only makes middle NZ shudder that the woke will become judge, jury and executioner of these new laws.
New Zealanders will stop fearing people being attacked by hate speech and start fearing they will be accused of hate speech.
Jacinda’s sudden realisation of how this free speech debate could dangerously empower ACT is about 3 years too late.
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