…guess we now have politicians who want to ban books by Nazis:
Scottish Labour MP Thomas Docherty is calling for a national debate on whether the sale of Adolf Hitler’s “repulsive” manifesto Mein Kampf should be prohibited in the UK.
“Of course Amazon – and indeed any other bookseller – is doing nothing wrong in selling the book. However, I think that there is a compelling case for a national debate on whether there should be limits on the freedom of expression,” writes Docherty to Javid.
That’s going to be a quick debate. No. There are enough already.
“This is particularly an issue given the widely reported rise in antisemitism not just in the UK but in other western European countries.”
Riiiiiiight. Because that’s all down to people who have sampled a few chapters of this book on their Kindle and come over all Nazi, is it?
Getting an idea of the sort of flack heading his way, he finally began to back-track:
“I’m not saying it should be banned, I am saying we should absolutely have a debate about whether or not it should be banned,” Docherty told the Guardian.
Docherty said that the reality today is that if “someone puts the contents of Mein Kampf on to a blog, the police would knock on their door … so to what extent, because it is a historical work, does society treat it different than if it was a neo-Nazi today? ” he asked.
The fact that police would knock on your door because of what you write, rather than what you do, seems to be just fine and dandy with this chap.