In a free society, people should be at liberty to hold intolerant views if they wish. Our public order laws are meant to mark the boundary between free speech and a deliberate attempt to whip up violence;
Something that many seem to have missed the point of. Inside our heads we\’re allowed to think absolutely anything we like about pooftahs, darkies, Pakis, carpet munchers, foreigners and that odd bloke who lives down the end of the road. We are also allowed to say whatever it is that we like about these fool ideas that rattle around between our ears: yes, to the point of saying that we wish all the jungle bunnies would go home and that buggery is so repugnant that they should all be strung up.
Yes, this is repugnant language, deliberately so, to make an important point. We are also at liberty to shun those who express those views: get out of my shop/pub/house/life for saying those things, even for my suspecting that you think those things. But that is a social, a societal, reaction and one which is for us individually and collectively to make.
The law however is another matter: that only comes into play when there is incitement to violence. And the reason given for the incitement doesn\’t matter: \”Come on boys, let\’s kill the Kikes/Queers/Niggers/Tim Worstall\” are all equally illegal for it is the incitement to violence, not the group or individual being incited against which is the crime.
Or at least that is how it should be in a free society: for what seems to have been forgotten is that a free society has to be tolerant of intolerance.
Not of violence, not of the incitement of it or the encouragement nor fear of it. But of the strange and odd, even repugnant, ideas which float around in our thick skulls, yes, that is what \”free\” means.