Saturday, 3 February 2018

The Mogg and free speech


Another attempt to prevent political debate when a fracas breaks out with demonstrators trying to prevent Jacob Rees-Mogg from speaking at a university.

Universities minister Sam Gyimah tweeted “Free speech under the law is fundamental to our democracy. Well done Jacob Rees-Mogg for not being cowed into silence.” 

The words UNDER THE LAW remind us how little free speech we have. Why do we have a universities minister anyway?

I am not sure whether the leftists making trouble were the ones who started the melee. In a clip I saw a supporter of Rees-Mogg seemed to start the fracas by putting his hand (hitting is not the right word) on a woman demonstrator. But in fact, as the MP said,
"It was not really a fight, just noisy."
the result of course is that Mr. Rees-Mogg gets very favorable publicity and seems like the champion of freedom. His endless courtesy is the perfect antidote to these boring Calibans.

Why some people hate this sweet man is a sign of the times. Apart from being a Young Fogey (a Young Fogey squared because their era was the rarely 1980s) he has all the attitudes to abortion, feminism, permissiveness, and the state that Tory Knights of the Shires had in the 1980s, meaning Tory MPs who were neither on the left or right of the party. His attitude towards the EU would have made him a right-winger in Mrs Thatcher's day but not his middle of the road attitudes on immigration and race.

Here are students at Trinity College Dublin, proud of their support for abortion and homosexual marriage, saying explicitly that they will protest against Nigel Farage's university speech.  
Brian O'Flynn, who says he is a freelance writer, student and pop culture enthusiast based in Dublin, and who sounds like an Irish Dave Spart, writes
"It is said that when we no-platform, we shut down debate. I certainly hope so. To enter a debate is to implicitly concede the possibility that the other person might be correct; that you might leave the debate having changed your mind. I hope I would never allow myself to consider being persuaded of Farage's objectionable views."
Farage should speak in the street like Peter Hitchens.

Sunday 4 February, 2018

Mr. Rees-Mogg on the protesters: 

“They were perfectly entitled to come in, they were perfectly entitled to say they disagreed with me... it was a little odd to be wearing balaclavas.”

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