COMMENT:

Justice Minister Andrew Little is going to review, cautiously he says, current law in order to consider hate speech legislation (NZ Herald, April 29). He needn't bother, cautiously or otherwise. New Zealand law is already adequate to control defamation and incitement to violence.

Hate speech is impossible to define and the tool of the tyrant. That's its historical bloodline from Hitler, through Stalin and Mao to Pol Pot.

Hate speech law will always expand the contestable power of the state by undermining a vital characteristic of democracy; the right to be critical of the state and its laws.

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