Freedom of speech is dead in Australia

For my money probably the best political blogger in the world is Australia’s Andrew Bolt. He was one of the first journalists onto Climategate (he got there before me) and his takedown earlier this year on his radio show of an EU Climate Commissioner spouting nonsense was magisterial. But he’s by no means a single issue commentator: he has strength in depth. His war, like mine, is against those who would constrain our liberty by imposing on us more tax, more regulation, more control. He’s firm but fair: one of the good guys.

This is why we should all worry greatly about the latest bizarre ruling from the Australian federal court, which has found Bolt in breach of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Ozboy has the details:
Newspaper columnist and blogger Andrew Bolt wa…

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6 thoughts on “Freedom of speech is dead in Australia”

  1. The right are so dishonest. Your argument is all fine and dandy if you leave out the fact that Bolt lied and distorted facts to make his point. Is that what freedom of speech is to you? Here you are on your very own platform, free to run an agenda and play the victim rabbiting on about free speech in a very selective manner which you really don’t believe in at all because you know in your heart that you fully accept the limitations set on it, happy to see films banned, television and the press regulated and controversial politicians and historians banned from the country. Freedom of speech is not the freedom to lie. If you think freedom of speech here is dead then move to China.

  2. See also Mr. Delingpole’s column about “How the BBC fell for a Marxist plot to destroy civilisation from within” which is a lot of manufactured indignation about a non-story. Never let the facts get in the way of a good rant, and hope your audience can’t be bothered to check on the veracity of your claims. A technique much in favour in the 1930s in Central Europe.

  3. “A technique much in favour in the 1930s in Central Europe.” Don’t be coy, Meyrick, just come out and call us Nazis for insisting on our rights in the face of glacial leftist encroachment. I hear that the Weimar republic was very big on banning speech to favour “Human Rights”, as opposed to mere legal rights, and that worked out so well for them, didn’t it?

  4. I take it, Phillips, that you actually believe what Delingpole writes even when it can be shown to be a lie? “Glacial leftist encroachment”? What a joke, or perhaps not in the paranoid world of the extreme right.

  5. Hey, Meyrick! In truth, only off-kilter extremists consider minor mistakes or arguable differences of opinion to be evidence of gross dishonesty. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and the left has produced many a gag-worthy, unnutritious mash.

  6. Just came to your website to say that you are the lowest form of life. Lying and over exaggerating without even understanding the basics. Dont read anything this man says people he only wants you to go to his website to get some click, he is what we call an internet troll and does not deserve a second of your time. Please die so that the world can be a better place.

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