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Friday, 21 August 2009

Ban the bastards

From Pickled Politics
"From Hope Not Hate:

The Home Secretary has just announced that the anti-Islam march in Luton will not be taking place. In fact, as a precautionary measure, all marches have been banned in the town for the next three months.

This is a massive victory for everyone who joined our protest yesterday. Over 14,000 letters were sent urging a ban and our voices have been heard. Thanks to everyone who sent off a letter. We have won and Luton is a safer place because of it. This is just further proof of what we can achieve when we get organised."

I'm not in favour of banning things. I mean, the left would be up in arms if an anti-war march or anti-racism march had been banned, or if all marches had been banned for three months. It's very difficult, because i'm a liberal sort and anyone going against that naturally rubs me the wrong way. But where to draw the line? The whole idea of being a liberal is tolerating those who disagree, but if they really are racist or anti-Islamic they may deserve to be banned. It's a bit of a liberal paradox.

I don't like the glee that lefties of this sort take in banning people who disagree with them.

If they are an illegal group then fair enough i suppose as they have fallen foul of the law


Eustacia said...

I agree. I think freedom of speech is too important and that if it had gone ahead the left would have been able to launch a protest about it. Maybe there could have been a proper dialogue instead.

Bearded Socialist said...

Unfortunatly, I doubt the likelihood of a proper dialogue.
The politics of fear are rampant on both sides