As a former leader of two major Wellington organisations and the ACT Party, I have, for years, been championing free speech.
Consider, if you will, a younger old white man, standing up in front of other old white man in a small back room in Orewa – or, as I call it, Ohreewah. This younger old white man talked about two laws for all. One law for the Maoris and another for the rest of us. So many, many of the old white men in that room agreed with me and the National Party immediately went up in the polls. New Zealanders agreed with this young old white man.
So many people called me a racist. They were wrong, but that was their right. It was their right to be wrong.
People are free to stand up and call me a racist just as I am free to stand up and say whatever I want about whomever I want no matter how objectionable or racist it may appear on first, second, or sixty third reading.
When I heard that some good people with similar views to me were planning to come to New Zealand, I was excited. Then Phil Goff had the audacity to ban them from all Auckland Council venues. This, coupled with the fact that I haven’t really been in the media for a number of months, caused me to speak up and say no.
I, and a number of my old white friends, are teaming up to challenge Phil Goff so that my friends and come to New Zealand and tell everyone how terrible people who don’t look like them are.
I would say here that I don’t necessarily agree with anything these two say, although some of it is right up my alley. However objectionably racist, hate-fuelled and derogatory their speech, they are completely within their rights to say it. Just like I am completely within my rights to crowd-fund the legal challenge against the Auckland Council. Or to pop up on Radio New Zealand every so often whenever I feel threatened by the prospects of my old white guy status quo being de-quo’d.
That’s what freedom of speech is all about. Saying things that other people disagree with so you can get on the radio again.
I hope you will join me at the tent we’ve organised for Lauren and Stefan. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a couple of Nazis in full cry, and she’s a bit of a looker as well, so there’s that too.
Thank you for listening to my speech.
Don Brash – Old, White and Racist since ages ago.