Some have held up the Tory Party’s anti-protest police and crime bill as evidence that threats to free speech come not from cancel culture and social conformism but from the jack-boot of an authoritarian state. The truth, of course, is that it’s equally threatened by both.
There is no doubt that racism and black disadvantage exist in the UK, but as the red mist has descended important nuances have been swept aside and the debate has become oversimplified, inflammatory and dishonest.
Owen Jones, one of the Guardian’s most vocal political correctness advocates, has called for a crack down on free speech.
Martha Gill argued in the Observer on 23.6.19 that free speech isn’t under threat and that only bigots and boors are claiming it is. Ironically, Gill’s article uses two of the classic tools employed by political correctness zealots to stifle debate.
TJM’s report on the 9th December 2018 Brexit Betrayal protest and counter-protest shines a light on the violent far-left and suggests its tactics are feeding right wingers’ growing sense of resentment.
The shrill responses of MPs, far-left tweeters and some media commentators to the boorish heckling of MP Anna Soubry and journalist Owen Jones by pro-Brexit demonstrators outside parliament last week could lead to further restrictions on our freedom of speech at a time when many of us are already nervous about voicing our opinions.