On the question of free speech, Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt walks both sides of the street. Among Australia’s hard-Right ideologues picking the wings off butterflies down at the IPA, Bolt is a martyr, having been found guilty of racial vilification in the Federal Court in 2011. Yet the evidence suggests a different reality. In his daily work, Bolt believes in censorship.
Earlier this month, after I described the Liberal finance spokesperson Andrew Robb as a "troubled character" in the Australian Financial Review, Bolt wrote: "Whoever edits the opinion page should have edited out that word". This is no different to the Federal Court ruling a newspaper column should be censored to meet the need for political correctness. Bolt went on to argue that the AFR should not feel "comfortable with using Latham as a commentator".