Thursday, September 29, 2011

Andrew's horse has Bolted

Yesterday, our number one shock jock columnist, Andrew Bolt, lost a Supreme Court decision concerning a couple of his columns from early in the year.

He basically went to attack a few 'white Aboriginals' for getting grants and awards, over 'black Aboriginals.' What he didn't realise, because he didn't bother interviewing anyone or doing any proper research, was that the 'white Aboriginals' in question - while being pale skinned - had always identified as Aboriginal, had at least on black Aboriginal parent and did not declare themselves Aboriginal just to win an award.

Predictably, Andrew has come out saying, 'it's a terrible day for Free Speech in this country.' As I've mentioned in my Twitter feed, however, is that there is no such thing as Free Speech in Australia.

Nothing in the Constitution protects freedom of speech. Freedom of Speech, as well as Freedom of the Press, is implied, rather than protected. We have no Bill of Rights to enshrine such a thing. Indeed, a Bill of Rights is something that Andrew Bolt is very much against.

But now, here he is, blathering on about Freedom of Speech. How it's being attacked by the left-wing establishment and the courts. Unfortunately Andrew, you can't attack something that doesn't exist. Freedom of Speech may be one of the cornerstones of democracy but, thanks to right-wingers like you, we don't have any laws to actually protect it. You're part of the problem that you're so against Andrew.

Might as well go attack yourself.


Gorilla Bananas said...

Hmm, how white are these "white Aboriginals"? Evonne Goolagong was a lighter shade of brown, but I wouldn't say she was white exactly. Maybe the fellow needs to have his eyesight tested.

The Unbearable Banishment said...

I don't know this Andrew character but if he's made from the same chunk of plastic that our extremest commentators are (both left and right), I'd say he only half believes what he's preaching. The other half is good copy and merely an act of professional self-preservation.

tennysoneehemingway said...

GB: they were white, in that they could pass as Caucasian. Which doesn't excuse his behaviour.

UB: No, he's an out and out racist. He's just finally been caught, even though he can't admit it.

Boulette de Viande! said...

So true, UB. Like all the assholes we have here, Left and Right. Only half believe the dribble they issue. They have to save the prime cuts for those groups to which they pander. And don't you worry, most of the time they have god on their side. Andrew is an asshole.

Fickle Cattle said...

Aah, sweet, sweet irony.

Fickle Cattle