Yes freedom of speech and expression is very dear to me as a fundamental building block of civilised democratic free society.
There are more than sufficient safeguards in libel, slander, offensive behaviour, nuisance, fraud, misleading behaviour, refusing to cooperate with police and officialdom laws already that can be used to shut down debate, already available.
Debate is ongoing in The West Island over Section 18c that is a massive suffocating device that can render holding a different opinion a serious criminal offense as columnist, blogger, wireless host and now current Sky News contributor at 1900 EST Australia, Andrew Bolt discovered when he was dragged before the courts for holding an opinion and voicing it.
Sheesh a cursory visit to either of the two left wing NZ blogs, The Standard and Martin Matyn's rubbish tips soon reveals items that cause offense and that includes the posts by the authors.
OK I concede that standing in a crowded Theatre and yelling "Fire" or in these times "bomb" could never be sanctioned as Free Speech, however merely saying something passionately held as a belief being subject to draconian suppression laws, now that is beyond scary.
Total fairy tales to todays voters but I well remember when aspiring politicians held street corner meetings where they faced often hostile locals who certainly often held polar opposite views and were often better than the tyro polly in making a contrary argument.
RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT 1975 – SECT 18C
Offensive behaviour because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin
Before I had an awareness of what exactly threatened our increasingly dwindling numbers of free nations from the combined might of Germany and Japan and a much more flakey Italy, who embarked on a world domination escapade that slaughtered many millions of citizens, where imagery and propaganda were significant weapons.
One famous Goebbels adage was along the lines of tell a lie big enough, often enough and it becomes the truth. Churchill plagiarised Twain with; A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
Then there is, "The first casualty of war is the truth" That came from some Greek Blogger some 500 years before Mary had her little boy child.
So it takes very little effort to understand why those who would dominate us as opposed to rule us with consent are so enamoured of retaining an ability to lie to us and legislatively prevent any contrary viewpoint.
A little scrub fire has erupted with some little rustic museum displaying as part of an RSA display, a German Wehrmacht flag captured by a New Zealand soldier during the Battle of Crete that became the end of the Nazi Advance down through the Balkans even though the "Div" was forced to withdraw to Egypt leaving many dead and captured behind.
That piece of souvenir cloth is a part of another of New Zealand's Battles in history and a lifetime and seven decades later is only that.. It has very little danger as a symbol of a defeated and totally discredited if somewhat formidable armed force under the command an even more discredited political movement that ran for over a decade of truly awful suffering death and murdering that must never be forgotten, only lessons to be learned from.
Context people it is a small part of a much bigger scene and unless the MSM make it something else or some deranged retard attempts a moment of footnote by enveloping themselves in it. let it go, it does have some relevance as I would bet a weeks Pension (swmbo's of course) that soldier got some serious satisfaction for his act.
A little bit of freedom is just as impossible as the lass in the headline above, it either exists or it don't.