Political offence


We were always told that if we didn’t have anything nice to say, we shouldn’t say anything at all. But should politeness come before constructive criticism?

In the Australian political domain it’s frequently the case that he or she who insults first, wins.

Claiming to be offended turns this on its head; Richard King is the author about offence, strangely enough called “On Offence: The Politics of Indignation” and he was with Rewi Lyall in the studio to tell us  about how it’s poisoning public debate.


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