John Christensen manages the Godwin\’s to end all Godwins.
There is a strand of thinking running amongst some of your correspondents that confuses liberty with licence. Freedom of expression does not always require that we must endure the type of hyper-aggressive abuse that you have been subjected to in recent days. It happens that my mother is German – of Jewish family – and she grew up in Berlin during the inter-war years. She witnessed exactly the same patterns of abuse – used systematically as a tool for intimidation and subjugation by the thugs of the far-right – and the tactic proved vary effective since ordinary people withdrew from the political space of the centre left and centre right because it was made frankly too unpleasant and scary. Only the most courageous were prepared to take a stand, and they were physically beaten up and worse for their troubles.
The language employed by some of your detractors, the Devil’s Kitchen blog providing extreme examples, is appalling, and to justify this in the name of free speech is pure humbug. This is no more nor less than an attempt to intimidate you. Full marks to you for standing your ground and retaining your dignity.
Yes, really, the Devil \’effin\’ and blindin\’. Obnoxio and his potty mouth, this is indeed the same as the Nazis and their suppression of public debate.
I think we might need to retire Godwin\’s Law now, eh?