Few can have missed the furore over Sir Robert Jones satirical column comments and the NBR being cowed and caving in to the racists’ demands and political correctness by removing the item.
But it isn’t going to stop there, it seems.
Sir Robert has announced that he is suing Renae Maihi, the organiser of an on-line petition to strip Sir Robert of his knighthood.
From various media reports, it seems that the nub of the case will be whether Sir Robert’s satire is “hate speech.”
Sir Robert says that he will be suing for a modest sum – $20,000 – because the principle was what mattered; not the money.
If this all comes to pass, it may be an interesting judicial conundrum: just what is and isn’t “hate” speech. Will we soon know?
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