If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

- George Washington

Saturday 25 May 2013


An off-duty soldier is hacked to death in a London street.  In a sign of the urgency of the police response, the forces of law and order have been quick to spring into action:
A number of people have been charged after allegedly offensive comments were made on social media websites.
Now, I have been following the reactions on Facebook, and some of them have not made pleasant reading.  In fact some of them have made me despair of the low standard of logic and reason of my fellow countrymen.  Some have been spiteful, nasty, ignorant, violent and - of course - utterly counterproductive.

But it will not have escaped anybody's attention that in the aftermath of what must be one of the most horrific murders any of us have heard of, it is the people making the 'incorrect' response who are the first to be punished.

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