Repression of freedom of expression intensifies in the UK
“DOMINIC SANDBROOK: Why the new witch-hunters policing our airwaves chill me to the core…
OFCOM…these are the people who, with their new regulations about so-called hate speech on television, pose a deadly threat to freedom of expression.
Since its foundation in 2003, Ofcom has clamped down on material likely to incite hatred and violence. It has a statutory duty to protect viewers from harm — which seems fair enough, on the face of it.
But its new regulations go far beyond that.
Ofcom’s definition of ‘hate speech’ — a formula used at first almost exclusively for racism or anti-Semitism — runs as follows: ‘All forms of expression which spread, incite, promote or justify hatred based on intolerance on the grounds of disability, ethnicity, social origin, sex, gender, gender reassignment, nationality, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, colour, genetic features, language, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth or age.’
I make no apology for quoting at such length, because it’s worth appreciating how mind-bogglingly broad the definition has now become — so broad that it includes almost any vaguely contentious opinion.
To censors and puritans, such as the ‘woke’ witch-hunters who police social media, all this is a gift. Indeed, the new wording might have been deliberately crafted as a Christmas present for professional victims and offence-takers.
“…And here’s the most egregious example of all. According to Ofcom’s definition, anything that spreads or justifies hatred based on ‘political or any other opinion’ now counts as hate speech.
Robust arguments and strong words are a necessary part of any healthy political discourse. Giving offence is part of being human. So is learning to take it.
…And what about Ofcom’s chillingly broad — and potentially very dangerous — phrase ‘any other opinion’? In effect, this implies that any criticism of any opinion, no matter how obscure or trivial, could be construed as hate speech.
Of course, Ofcom insists that it has no such intention. Freedom of speech, it says piously, is terribly important and will always be taken ‘into account’.
But what does that mean in practice? It’s just an empty phrase, with no guarantee.” [Dominic Sandbrook in the Daily Mail].
Quite a lot of what Sandbrook complains is driven (and has been for decades) by the Jewish element. I notice that Sandbrook, himself Jewish, seems to imply that censorship of “antisemitism” or “racism” is OK. No, no, no.
Still, we see now that even msm drones are getting worried about what has been set in train (mostly during the Tony Blair elected dictatorship).
A few of my own experiences of repression in recent years: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2017/07/09/the-slide-of-the-english-bar-and-uk-society-continues-and-accelerates/; https://ianrobertmillard.org/2017/07/13/when-i-was-a-victim-of-a-malicious-zionist-complaint/
Corona secret state…
So much for “liberal” Canada!
“Authorities in Quebec City, Canada have announced they will isolate “uncooperative” citizens in a coronavirus facility, the location of which remains a secret.
During a press conference, Dr. Jacques Girard, who heads the Quebec City public health authority, drew attention to a case where patrons at a bar were ordered to wait until their COVID-19 tests came back, but disregarded the command and left the premises before the results came back positive.
This led to them being deemed “uncooperative” and forcibly interned in a quarantine facility.
“[W]e may isolate someone for 14 days,” Girard said during the press conference. “And it is what we did this morning…forced a person to cooperate with the investigation…and police cooperation was exceptional.”
The health official then outlined how the state is also tracking down people for violating their home quarantine and forcibly removing them to the secret facility.
“Because we have had people isolated at home. And then, we saw the person was not at home. So, we went to their home, and then told them, we are isolating you where we want you to be,” said Girard.
As we previously highlighted, the government of New Zealand announced similar measures, saying that they will put all new coronavirus infectees and their close family members in “quarantine facilities.” [Summit News]
Sign of the times
The death reported in the above link took place in a place which I know, or did know about 50 years ago.
As a child in the 1960s and as a teenager in the 1970s, I lived (with a 3-year break in Australia) on the outer fringe of Reading, on the border of South Oxfordshire, an area called Caversham Heights [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caversham_Heights], which is only a mile, if that, from the crime scene reported upon. As a 15-year-old, I was a junior member of the Reading Golf Club [https://www.readinggolfclub.com/], which is in or by the nearby suburb of Emmer Green [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmer_Green], and the golf club land abuts that where the crime seems to have taken place.
At the time when I played there, around 1972, there were no other golf clubs in the area. I believe that two others now exist not far away, developed from what were cornfields in 1963, 1970, and even 1977.
I notice from the Daily Mail photos that, since the 1970s, the immediate crime scene area has changed from being rural to being basically suburban. Around the crime scene there now seem to be streets, houses (1980s or 1990s housing, from the look of them), where before there was no housing at all, as I remember.
As to the alleged crime itself, I am loath to comment without knowing more, particularly now that charges have been laid, but what does strike me is the general slide of the UK into criminal violence, spreading out from the urban zoos to areas previously largely unaffected.
I should add that I am not now a golfer. My enthusiasm did not last very long.
Suggested name for a Turner Prize entry: “The Scape-Virus”…
What happened? Could snivelling Gove not get his usual cocaine delivery?
Some people call YouTube, “JewTube”. No doubt just ill-informed “prejudice”…
Worth clicking on that to read the whole thread.
What about this?!
God, what ghastly rodents! The whole lot of them would fall to the ground gibbering and begging for mercy were a single SS man to face them down.
Police-state Britain, 2021…
A pleasant scene, though I am no dancer (neither is Lukashenko, judging from the clip!).
An unusual tweet. As for the weapon in the righthand photo, if I am not mistaken, that is a Roman short sword [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladius#Pompeii_gladius].
The implication and in fact purport of the above tweet is that “lockdown is the popular choice”, whereas to me the subtext is “the British people have become a bunch of scared rabbits, compliant to authority, and unwilling (perhaps unable) to think for themselves”…
According to cocaine-abuser Gove, the latest national house arrest may be in place in England until March. What then? Another stint? Will the people of this country ever wake up? Maybe when it is too late. Maybe when what is left of the NHS has been entirely ground down (leaving “Covid” aside, that is already happening). Maybe when those who still have a job find that their pay buys almost nothing.
Once again I —somewhat to my surprise— find myself in agreement with Maajid Nawaz. Must be the second or third time recently.
Freedom, what freedom?
“A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!
[Thomas Edward Brown, My Garden; https://www.bartleby.com/101/793.html]
Was just re-watching this (below). Incredible.
12 thoughts on “Diary Blog, 5 January 2021”
So YouTube has taken off that vile TalkRadio with the wicked platform they give to excretable Covid19 deniers and libertarian loony extremists like Peter Hitchens who don’t wish to take any effective action taken against the virus and to see our already absolute national disgrace figure of 70,000 plus deaths (more in total than SEVERAL countries) rise still further. GOOD.
Funny how Talk Radio is prepared to let extremists like Hitchens and that ever so daft Tory cow Julie Hartley-Brewer talk their unscientific bollocks and effectively help to put some vulnerable people into an early grave yet a decent nationalist would never be allowed to speak on there. It just goes to show the SICK values of libertarians!
Hitchens etc should stop their whining about this because if we lived in ever sensible Singapore they would already be in the dungeons of austere Changi Jail serving time for incitement to manslaughter.
Well done Canada! 😎😂👌🍷😁😷😷😷😎😎😂😂😷😷😷 Yes, selfish, uncooperative bastards who spread Covid-19 SHOULD be isolated in quarantine facilities so that their stupidity/plain bloody minded selfishness doesn’t cause the potential manslaughter of innocent people through catching this horrible virus.
It is either that or they can rot in jail as Singapore has been doing to lawless scum.
We should follow Canada’s example and that of our very ably governed former colony of Singapore. If we had done so previously many lives could have been saved and we wouldn’t be in this god awful mess now but, sadly, some morons last December thought putting ClownBoy TM as PM into power was a good idea when it was obvious for years beforehand the idiot is only good for being in the monkey enclosure at London Zoo and that he would prove to be way out of his depth as a PM.
Justin Trudeau isn’t as loony as he often appears to be then! Congratulations to Canada for this excellent idea!
Oh yes he is! How else would you explain his Indian dancing and costume in India? Embarrassing and huge Faux Pas.
16,369 death in total to date, but with more than half of those in Quebec, which is interesting. I expect there will be many studies revealing what worked and what didn’t during the ‘Covid Crisis’™ but what we also need to know is if genetics and or culture played a role in survival rates.
Personally speaking, I do not accept that my English – Northern European genes or culture is in any way similar to the French.
It’s only the French Canadians who are being subjected to such harsh and unreasonable rules. For some reason (genetic?) the death rates in French Canadian cities are very high, whilst on the British side they are very low. Long live British Canadians and their superior genes. .https://youtu.be/F-glHAzXi_M
Oh, don’t get me wrong! I agree that Justin Trudeau is mad most of the time but at least as far as Covid19 goes he appears to have done quite well and certainly has performed better than the The ClownTM but that is to be expected.
I haven’t taken particular notice of how well Canada is coping with this pandemic since about May time last year but I suppose they aren’t as bad as us though Australia and New Zealand are the exemplary countries as far as the ‘Old Commonwealth’ counties with British connections are concerned.
I wouldn’t have thought genetics played much of a part in the different death rates shown in Canada between French Canadians and those of British descent. After all, European genetics are not that much different to each other. Perhaps, French Canadians are more naturally bolshy and rebellious than British Canadians and are thus not following the rules as much hence their higher mortality?
Apparently, one reason why Japan is not having that many deaths despite that country having a large elderly population and having a very high population density is because Jap genes are protecting them to some extent:
Unfortunately, we have a moron for a PM and wicked, libertarian extremist bastards like that extra from The Jewel In The Crown, Rishi, who has been constantly undermining the SINGLE person in the cabinet who wants to take any kind of SUSTAINED actions against the disease ie Matt Hancock hence Boris not overruling Rishi and giving Matt his full support and our stop go stop go response to the virus.
Any serious approach taken like that of Singapore, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Taiwan etc has to be in place for some time and not relaxed too quickly.
Well done to Justin Trudeau’s Canada!😷😷😷😷😎😎😎👌👌👌https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXFXXeoC4k0
Oh, and Peter Hitchens, stop whinging about YouTube taking off Talk Radio off their platform. Freedom of speech is not absolute and never has been especially when those who exercise it do so in a grotesquely irresponsible manner that can lead to LIVES being lost or serious illness being created in people!🙄🙄🙄🙄
Shut-up, you stupid Pakistani foreigner, Maajid Nawaz. I wonder if YOUR people are following the rules? Some are no doubt but too many are not which is why the government put the North West – a region you lot have virtually taken over – under increased restrictions.
I wonder of the Pakistani government would be as soft on wilful violators of Covid 19 restrictions as our stupid government has been? Somehow I think they wouldn’t be. After all, Pakistan still has capital punishment via the hangman’s noose and I think flogging as well. Pakistan isn’t noted for its adherence to sick Western values like libertarianism.