Lew at Kiwipolitico has a post up on why the decision of some booksellers not to stock Ian Wishart’s book about Macsyna King does not constitute a ban, and I think he’s right. This is essentially the same argument we heard about Paul Henry – that free speech means some people can say or print whatever horrible, offensive things they like and everyone else just has to silently accept it, because exercising our own right to free speech for public disagreement or protesting or boycotts of things we find offensive, actually threatens free speech, somehow, in ways that are never clearly articulated but always associated with witches and Nazis.
And here’s a related question: Ian Wishart insists that Macsyna King won’t profit from the publication of the book. Okay. What I’d like to know is if he’s already paid her any money. If so, then that’s an operating cost from the writing of this book that Wishart intends to recoup via profits from its publication and sale.