21 February, 2006

Don't drop the soap in the showers that don't exist

David Irving, the discredited historian and Nazi apologist, was last night starting a three-year prison sentence in Vienna for denying the Holocaust and the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

Europe's recently much vaunted freedom of speech - it's glorious tradition of allowing dissent, however offensive, stupid or plain wrong does not exist. Irving espressed an opinion and was jailed for his trouble. Is it important that what he wrote is a twisted anti-semetic load of cock?

It's precisely when a big fat blowhard with shit for brains says something you find appalling that you need to test these things. It's only a principle when the decision is hard, the rest of the time it's a convenience.

The next time you hear somebody loftily say that although they "do not agree with you, they will defend to the death your right to say it" 99 times out of a hundred you're listening to a lying self-agrandising shit.

2 Step to the white courtesy phone:

Blogger Richard shout your mess

Yes; and a right cunt to boot. I couldn't agree with you more.

February 21, 2006 11:32 pm

 
Blogger Gary Monro shout your mess

Nobody in their right mind believes in unbridled free speech. The problem we're witnessing is inconsistency.

I assume Austria would have the right hump if Muslims demonstrated in their major cities against the now infamous cartoons of their prophet; yet they go and lock up a person who 17 years ago disputed that an historical event actually occured.

And now we have Red Ken suspended for 4 weeks for his own apparently anti-semetic remarks. I am trying hard to be gracious but I am feeling ever so slightly smug to see the man on the receiving end of his own political correctness.

February 24, 2006 4:55 pm

 

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