News is that the British author and commentator Milo Yiannopoulos has been banned from coming to Australia.
The British firebrand was barred from entering the country earlier this week, with the Morrison government fearful his views would spark violent protests should he hold a speaking tour.
He now has a month to appeal the decision to the Department of Home Affairs, which said the ban was made on ‘character grounds’.
The letter explicitly made note that Australia had the power to block someone on the grounds of a fear they could ‘incite discord in the Australian community or in a segment of that community’.
I went to the last Milo talk in Melbourne in 2017. As fellow Cat Mater and I stood behind a pole dodging bottles of piss coming from the direction of the protesters, separated from us by tram tracks and a line of five foot high police ladies in full riot gear, it did not occur to me that this was a segment of the “community” who required much in the way of incitement.
But if they did, I think it is the Minister’s decision that is most likely to incite.
Incite these idiots to move on the next target they wish to shut down.
I could not care less about Milo. But I care where this ratchets next.
Milo’s main oeuvre is anti- PC. His talk that night was provocative. The point of the provocation is to break the PC spell.
I found one or two of his bits distasteful. So what? Big deal. The left has spent the last fifty odd years being as deliberately distasteful as it possibly can be towards the old culture.
Only now, as they sit atop the pyramid have they discovered concepts such as taste and social cohesion.
It is a strange circumstance indeed we find ourselves in. The main selling point of the original counter culture was it’s anti- establishment credibility. Very strange indeed now to join the well- dressed, polite folk, waiting to see the counter culture icons of our time, the Milo’s, the Lauren Southern’s and the Petersons, while violent and brutal thugs use force to try to prevent free speech.
The only possible result of handing this victory to the mob is this: The next targets to silence will be a bit more mainstream.
Does Immigration understand “incitement”? It isn’t entertaining a bunch of middle of the road Australians with some camp and slightly naughty witticisms. It usually involves an active call to violence.
You know violence. The thing being used by the other side.