Don Brash banned from attending Massey University by invitation to speak about his political career for fear he might say something someone didn’t agree with? Ridiculous! He is not known for threats or violence, but is a clear thinking, intelligent man. 86% of respondents to a Herald poll said they did not agree with such a ban.
With our government’s tacit endorsement of protest activity that intimidates and terrorises those who may represent a different view, democracy becomes the only loser.
New Conservative Leader, Leighton Baker, says, “Labour and the Greens campaigned on greater openness and transparency in the last election. Freedom of speech is about openness and transparency.
“While some want to normalize language considered vulgar and offensive by most on the one hand, they want to silence healthy debate on the other. New Zealanders deserve more from their elected representatives than allowing activists to dictate what law-abiding citizens can hear.”
Freedom of Speech is no more a right of the individual, as it is a necessity to uphold true democracy. The informed, collective voice of the people is our best guide, and without it democracy is lost.
“New Conservative congratulates University of Auckland for their willingness to buck the trend and stand firm for open, honest, respectful debate on a matter central to true democracy. The debate to be held at UoA this Thursday with Don Brash and Elliot Ikilei our Deputy Leader is a victory for Free Speech. Thank you for keeping democracy alive,” adds Mr Baker.
Leighton Baker, Leader