Thursday, March 23, 2006

Flip Flop - as Mr Brown would say

So now we know where the Tories stand on freedom of speech. They originally opposed the "glorification" offence (presumably on principle) but have now decided to abstain. The glorification offence stands thanks to the failure of the Tories to stand by their principles and support the amendment proposed by Lib Dem Peer Lord Goodhart.

Lord Goodhart was quoted back in January (when the Lords threw this offence out of the Bill) as saying “It seems to me that the glorification of terrorism, having that in the Act, is at best useless and at worst could cause serious problems.”

I concur with that view and look forward to the prospect of Cherie Blair appearing in court on such charges should she repeat some of her previous remarks!

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