Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Is Free Speech Sacrosanct?

In the UK, so far as I can see, the answer is no, it isn't. If you're a crude, offensive foreign-looking fellow with outlandish opinions, you can be banned and your property frozen.

It's a puzzling story.

5 comments:

NormanF said...

Its kind of ironic a year after the UK banned Geert Wilders from appearing before the House of Commons, that the British government laid a measure before the same House to ban Islamist organizations. Whether these groups will be completely suppressed remains to be seen.

AKUS said...

Are the Brits finally beginning to get the message and understand the danger they have allowed into their house?

This Is Hell said...

I think the UK is merely worried about the venue, not the beliefs of these loons. If Islam4UK proposed to march with torches to synagogues then there would be no ban.

Anonymous said...

this is off-topic but as it is another puzzling story ...
as a reader of novels I imagine that the regime has stumbled on a win-win-solution:

blow-up/get rid off a critic and blame Israel (the article doesn't convince me that the man was so important that Israel would run the risk)

(reading it reminded me of one episode of a British TV-series in which Ian Richardson (?) got rid of his lover through a fake IRA-bomb - seemed with all its implications very plausible to me - he got a lot of opportunity to strut as father of the country out of it and the lover was disposed of)

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fgw-iran-bomb-scientist12-2009jan12,0,6934201.story

rgds,
Silke

Anonymous said...

the best description I have read so far as to forces/trends/consequences clashing in Wootton Bassett - note how uneven the right to free speech is distributed ...
multidimensional Catch 22 ...
rgds, Silke

http://www.spectator.co.uk/spectator/thisweek/5686628/all-anjem-choudray-wants-is-lots-of-infidel-media-attention.thtml