He's right you know. As he says,
the "right" to police public opinion of politicians is neither necessary or desirable. While the era of such abuses seems to have passed (OTOH, they forced TV3 to apologise for showing footage of the Minister of Forty Winks), the power should be removed permanently, just to be on the safe side.It should be. Only recently we were caught thinking that that the era of prosecutions for sedition was over. How wrong that proved to be. To paraphrase what I said when Tim Selwyn was convicted for the 'crime' of sedition, "to have 'crimes' such as this on the books is chilling for free speech. If political commentators aren't bringing this Parliament into disrepute, then they're just not doing their job."
LINK: The problem of privilege - No Right Turn (Idiot/Savant)
Sedition verdict gives new meaning to 'Helengrad' - Not PC (June, 2006)
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