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