Thursday, 13 November 2008

Free speech?

This from the Western Mail - had it been a little independent bookshop in a small town somewhere, I could understand how they might be bullied into submission, but Waterstones' main Cardiff branch? I think they're creating a pretty bad precedent here.

3 comments:

Kirk Wisebeard said...

remember that anti-Viz petition....
"I disagree entirely with censorship and the suppression of free speech, like in Nazi Germany and South Africa, but I don't believe this shop should sell Viz Comic because I find it offensive..."
I think the main problem is the little acronym WWJD? The answer all too often seems to be "Beat up some homosexuals and remove the idea of freedom.."

PJ Nolan said...

Remarkable. Scary. Sad.

Matt Merritt said...

It is, isn't it? Thing is, Patrick has been around for a long time (I remember seeing him read when I lived in Cardiff, and that was at least 10 years ago), and has had quite a lot of TV and radio exposure, and yet has never sparked any spontaneous protest. Most people down there, I'm sure, even if they'd never dream of reading him or going to see him, wouldn't dream of protesting either. I just don't think most people are that intolerant. It all smacks of orchestrated outrage.