Who gave Far Left right to tell us who’s wrong?

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FREE­DOM of ex­pres­sion should be one of the cor­ner­stones of our so­ci­ety and prac­tised by all, but this un­for­tu­nately is not the case.

Is­lamic fun­da­men­tal­ists who turn to ex­treme vi­o­lence, as hap­pened in Paris last week, are a prime ex­am­ple of those who do not sign up to the free­doms we have fought to pro­tect over cen­turies.

Th­ese hard fought bat­tles against re­pres­sion, which came in the form of Nazism and Com­mu­nism in the last cen­tury, should never be sur­ren­dered.

Europe is a col­lec­tion of Western lib­eral democ­ra­cies and it’s time for us to stand up for our right to ex­press our­selves freely in the face of such ag­gres­sion.

But it is not just the Is­lamic ex­trem­ists who are hell bent on shut­ting down free­dom of speech, it’s also the Far Left in this coun­try.

Although they do not re­sort to mur­der and ex­treme acts of vi­o­lence, they do at­tempt to shut down free­dom of ex­pres­sion when it of­fers an op­pos­ing view to their own. Take for ex­am­ple the scenes which greeted Nigel Farage in May 2013 when he vis­ited Ed­in­burgh, where a group of Far Left Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence sup­port­ers at­tempted to stop him from speak­ing by bar­ri­cad­ing him in a pub.

Not only did they tell him to “f**k off back to Eng­land” but vi­o­lence was threat­ened.

Farage was later hit over the head with a plac­ard when at­tempt­ing to wade his way through another Far Left protest to en­ter a pub­lic meet­ing in Kent.

Then there is the case of UKIP MP Dou­glas Car­swell be­ing pre­vented from at­tend­ing a de­bate at his old univer­sity be­cause Far Left stu­dents protested. At the UKIP con­fer­ence in Don­caster last year, they were there again telling UKIP mem­bers they were “not wel­come here”.

Ex­cuse me – who gave the Far Left the right to tell any­one where they are and aren’t wel­come?

I’ve en­coun­tered this my­self on many oc­ca­sions where the same rent-a-mob of Far Left ac­tivists turn up to a UKIP pub­lic meet­ing and at­tempt to pre­vent peo­ple en­ter­ing through ver­bal abuse and in some cases threat­en­ing be­hav­iour.

They never want to en­gage in de­bate, they just scream ob­scen­i­ties and ac­cuse you of all kinds of things be­cause they sim­ply don’t agree with you.

The sad irony is that some peo­ple who have jumped on the Charlie Hebdo free­dom of speech band­wagon would have tried to have the mag­a­zine shut down if it had been in the UK as they would have deemed it in­tol­er­ant.

Tol­er­ance has to be a two-way street but it rarely is.

And in the case of the Far Left tol­er­ance is used as an ex­cuse to be in­tol­er­ant.

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