October 03, 2006

Monbiot right shock

George Monbiot writes today about Stephen "I'm not gay" Green, and weirdly I agree with him.
we should be pleased that the charges he faced last week have been dropped. Stephen Green is offensive, intolerant and illiberal. But so is the law under which he was arrested.
It is better that Stephen "I'm not gay" Green is able to make a complete idiot of himself in public than everybody be censored by these terrible laws. Freedom means the freedom to be wrong, or as that Eric Blair put it "Liberty, if it means anything, is the right to tell people what they don't want to hear." However Anthony Blair and New Labour has always been terrified about offending anyone, and have projected this phobia outwards in a raft of censorship laws crushing public discourse under the dead hand of the state. Get rid of them. If there are limits to free speach then they can only be the direct incitement of violence or panic, though at the moment this only this category of speach seems immune from Labour's censorship.


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