Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tories respond to attacks on freedom of speech in Paris by clamping down on it in UK

Originally posted on Pride's Purge:

(not satire – sadly – it’s the UK today!
The UK seems to have had a total irony bypass.

Last week, UK politicians from all parties were happily attacking a satirical poster for being offensive on the very same day they were supposedly supporting the right for satire to be offensive in Paris.

And now – without a trace of irony – David Cameron has announced that if the Tories win the next election, they will clamp down on freedom of expression in the UK in response to attacks on freedom of expression in France.

Quite frankly I’m outraged.

How on earth are satirists supposed to operate in the UK if our political leaders insist on satirising themselves so much better than we ever could?