Posts Tagged ‘ free speech ’

Spectacularly Inappropriate Timing, PlodFed!

October 28, 2014 10 Comments
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Victims of crime are suffering a poorer service because of police budget cuts, a survey of detectives indicates. Not only do the results published on Monday highlight the continuing pressure officers are under, they show that detectives believe victims and witnesses of crime are getting a sub-standard level of service as a result, the Police Federation of England and Wales said. Oh noes! Teh awful Tory cutz! Whatever shall the…

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Have They Thought This Through?

October 14, 2014 11 Comments
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Being Greens, the answer is almost certainly ‘Not really’… Coun Duncan, pictured right, has been stripped of his two deputy chairman roles in licensing committees and is set to be formally censured at the next full council meeting on Thursday, October 23. Coun Duncan was brought before the standards hearing over two tweets he posted in June. He described British soldiers as ‘hired killers’ after they marched on Armed Forces…

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They Can Call It ‘The Stephen Fry Amendment’…

April 3, 2014 2 Comments
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Michael Danby on Australian politics: In 1995, during Paul Keating’s prime ministership, section 18C was introduced into the Racial Discrimination Act. For 11 years under John Howard, this effective protection against hate speech remained untouched. Now, however, Senator Brandis has proposed major changes. That change being…? Now that the government has released the draft copy of its so-called Freedom of Speech Bill, we can fully appreciate the magnitude of the…

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You’re ‘Offended’, Eh…?

December 18, 2012 18 Comments
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A pub has apologised after a “misguided” advertising campaign that seemed to condone rape. And you won’t believe how… The Hobgoblin pub in London Road had put up posters in the pub and online advertising its “Festive Frape” promotion.Customers were invited to use the pub’s name in the status section of their Facebook pages and encourage friends to “like” the comment in exchange for a free shot. The promotion was…

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Censorship is [REDACTED]

May 15, 2012 10 Comments
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Censorship is [REDACTED]

The gay marriage debate rumbles and grumbles on, and while I’m not on the side of those who want to continue to use the state’s monopoly on force to maintain their preferred definition in law I have just as big a problem as those who don’t want this ended so much as to be given their turn at the controls. And what really gets my goat about this is their…

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Free speech and the fabulously wealthy and famous

March 15, 2012 11 Comments
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It’s that time of year again. No, not Mother’s Day (or it it Mothers’ Day, I’ve never been sure if it was for mothers in general or just one), which down here is in actually in the middle of May anyway. No, I’m talking about the beginning of the Formula One season, which means over the past several weeks Melbourne’s Albert Park has gradually been closed to local residents, the…

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Social Media And Schools In The Spotlight Again

January 18, 2012 12 Comments
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Sixth-form union members are to meet with one of Peterborough’s top education chiefs after expressing concern over the suspension of two students for comments made on Twitter. Oh? And what sort of comments? Stanground College punished two of its pupils in December after they posted comments on the social networking site.One of the students, Chloe Fuller (15) sent a Tweet about an altercation between a Year 7 pupil and a…

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Maybe They Should Adopt These Rules For MPs Too..?

January 8, 2012 3 Comments
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Olympics volunteers who are giving up their time to work for this year’s Games have been given draconian rules on using social media. The rules warn volunteers not to mention any details of their work ‘in text, audio or visually’, although they can say that they are working for London 2012 in general. And what’s the penalty for breaching these rules? And how are they going to tie up anonymous…

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Offence seeking déjà vu

December 31, 2011 9 Comments
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Offence seeking déjà vu

Do you remember the end of 2010? I do. My very last blog post of the year was titled “Last effort for the Offence Seeking Twat of the Year Award” and was about the Top Gear Christmas special outraging literally some people, most of whom were white, middle class Graun readers. Oh, and Andy Choudary. Needless to say I haven’t actually seen Top Gear’s “Three Wise Men”, and being a…

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Hell hath no fury like a public sector union ridiculed

December 4, 2011 3 Comments
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Hell hath no fury like a public sector union ridiculed

Oooh, Jezza, you are in trouble now. It was one thing having a pop at the Prime Mentalist of Britain and his eyesight, though I felt the term ‘one-eyed Scottish idiot’ just served to identify exactly which of the 600 or so idiots was being talked about in case anyone didn’t catch the name, but how very dare you use a typically hyperbolic expression that only a attention seeking moron…

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No, Simon, There Should Be Nothing You ‘Cannot Say’…

September 19, 2011 10 Comments
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Liverpool are investigating striker Nathan Eccleston for comments on Twitter that suggested the 11 September attacks were not the work of terrorists. /facepalm A tweet that has since been taken down said: “I ain’t going to say attack don’t let the media make u believe that was terrorist that did it. #OTIS.”OTIS reportedly stands for Only the Illuminati Succeed. It’s the Illuminati behind it now? I can’t keep up…. A…

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You Will Follow The Party Line Or Else!

August 23, 2011 5 Comments
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A city councillor could be censured by Labour Party colleagues after backing the restoration of the death penalty. For having an opinion that differs from the party line? How very Soviet… … party officials said they were concerned that she commented on the controversial issue because she is the group whip of the city’s Labour group of councillors. A whip’s role is to make sure that councillors vote in a…

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You! Yes, you with the Murray Rothbard badge. You’re under arrest.

August 2, 2011 12 Comments
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You! Yes, you with the Murray Rothbard badge. You’re under arrest.

Via the Adam Smith Institute, the latest target of the British police: I’m not quite an anarchist – although some of my best friends are, and the works of people like David Friedman (PDF) and Georgetown legal philosopher John Hasnas (PDF) make me unsure. But saying that “anarchists should be reported to your local Police” is a pretty extraordinary command that should worry everybody. Disliking the state is now enough…

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Will Oslo Cause A Rethink..?

July 25, 2011 7 Comments
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Last week, council leader Liam Smith wrote to home secretary Theresa May asking her to ban “inflammatory” protests in Barking and Dagenham after an English Defence League protest against a planned mosque and community centre in Green Lane, Dagenham, escalated last month. Indeed he did, as I relayed here. Then, it was ‘No, siree!’: The Home Office, however, has told the Post that it may not have the power to…

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Liberty, equality, fra… what? No, not you, rich boy.

July 16, 2011 4 Comments
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If there is one word-in-context in the whole of the blogosphere which never fails to make me laugh out loud, it’s the Liberal in Liberal Conspiracy. I mean, do you really think they really think they are really, you know, liberal? Really? I think they should be stopped. Liberal Conspiracy is a handful of people with a particular political viewpoint, pushing their own agenda and trying to influence opinion. Why are…

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