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Posted on: 8 October 2012

The Jones Boy meets his nemeses

If Alan Jones is a misogynist are the women leading the campaign for his removal from the airwaves misandrists? You might disagree with me using that word (perhaps you prefer nemeses), but from where I sit I don’t think you can disagree with my description of them as verbal bullies.

In the Jones case that they are verbal bullies is clear as they indulge in a campaign to cow advertisers into doing what they tell them to do.

The phrase, truth is stranger than fiction, is an oft used phrase that I think applies to the actions of some of these bullies when they try to excuse themselves from being called bullies by mis-attributing the phrase “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” to Voltaire.

What most of them don’t realise is the phrase is not Voltaire’s but a phrase coined by English author Evelyn Beatrice Hall (pseudonym S.G. Tallentyre) to describe Voltaire’s belief in the principle of freedom of speech in her 1906 book “The Friends of Voltaire.” If Ball, was alive today I wonder what she would say to these women bullies?

And what about the cowed companies that pulled their advertising from the Alan Jones show? Have any of them condemned bullying in the workplace? If so, shame on them that they have allowed themselves to be bullied on this issue? Perhaps they keep their principles about bullying in a box marked “only to be used when convenient.”

So what now for freedom of speech? Is it to be measured by unsocial twitteratti or by common sense although one might legitimately ask: has common sense any currency today or can it only be common sense if it meets standards set down by academic journalists?

Over the past week much has been said about the Jones Boy and I don’t intend to say much more except: only once did I try to listen to an Alan Jones broadcast but gave up long before it ended because I don’t like people who talk at and down to me. I am quite capable of thinking for myself; something many of the twitteratti don’t seem capable of.


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