Philip Johnston, writing his usual “comment piece” in the Daily Telegraph, has an article about “free speech”. Commenting on the fact that gays are entitled to extol their own sexual identity, so people who take another view, on whatever grounds, should be allowed to say so, Johnston ends by “hitting the nail on the head” where his article is concerned:
“….the fact that some people may dislike or object to what others say should not be a matter for the law, or for official censorship.”
When talking about the suppression of free speech and the expression of opinion, there is a much deeper and, one might say, a more important point that can be made.
Does not our system of representative democracy limit our right to free speech, one which encapsulates the ability of the electorate to express their right to disagree with any government policy, for a period of 5 years? Does representative democracy give us any voice over the subject of how the money we provide should be spent – and on what it should be spent? Does representative democracy allow us to decide how we wish to lead our lives – and remember, those lives are ours, not those of the politicians.
The form of democracy under which we are forced to live is but a faux democracy, or as I prefer to term it: democratised dictatorship.
That change to our system of democracy is required – and required now – cannot be beyond doubt; and a suggestion as to how that might be achieved will be made known in the next few days.
Stay tuned – as they say……….