What does liberal mean? It seems to mean pushing an agenda in a repressive, authoritarian way.
Lynne Featherstone, Libdem minister for International Development, has behaved disgracefully by calling for the dismissal of journalist Julie Burchill and her editor at the Observer, John Mullholland. It seems that Ms Featherstone thinks that the government in this country should tell the press what to write.
The ugly, abusive squabble on all the media about Suzanne Moore, Julie Bindel and Julie Burchill, and their non-politically-correct comments, is a healthy sign of rebellion and it is long overdue.
If Ms Burchill has written anything that is false or libellous, her accusers should take her to court. If they cannot, they should shut up and so should Ms Featherstone.
I don't want a society where government ministers decide who can edit a newspaper and who can write for it.
Lenten Meditations: Saturday 25 March
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