Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Enemies of free speech..

Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun (Australia)
"Britian’s Education Secretary Michael Gove brilliantly argues the case for free speech at the Leveson witchhunt, but Steve Kates’ introduction is also masterly: Lord Leveson is their version of Mr Justice Finkelstein, that is, someone who thinks he has understood the issues and can be evenhanded between liberty and restraint. That is, he will come down in favour of restraint but then call it liberty. Here is the para of interest: Lord Leveson told Gove: ‘I don’t need to be told about the importance of free speech. I really don’t. I am concerned that you are saying behaviour which is unacceptable has to be accepted because of the right of free speech.’ Gove was unfazed: ‘I fear for liberty if those principles are eroded.’ This Michael Gove is apparently a standout within Cameron’s cabinet and from the article I can see why. It’s not just that he is brave to say what he says, but understands the issues well enough to enter the lion’s den with confidence. "

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