The Dom Post editorial:
If Conservative Party leader Colin Craig wants to pursue a career in politics, he needs to harden up. His threat this week to sue a satirical website that ran a spoof story which attributed fictional quotes to him suggests he is not yet ready to cope with the rough and tumble of Parliament’s debating chamber.
Politics is the contest of ideas, and those who practise it have to be prepared for the reality that not only will their policies be challenged and derided by their opponents, from time to time, they will be mocked.
There is nothing wrong with that, as long as it is not done in a nasty way, and the purpose is to make a political point rather than an outright personal attack. Satire has been around almost as long as politics itself, and, done well, is an entertaining and humorous medium for social and political commentary.
Absolutely. The satirical piece was extremely mild, and only a moron could have thought the purported quote was genuine.
The last thing we need is MPs and wannabee MPs firing off defamation threats at anyone who takes the mickey out of them.Colin Craig, defamation, Dominion Post, editorials, Satire, The Civilian