Why free speech matters

Toby Young joins the spiked team to discuss how to take on the censors.

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In this special edition of the spiked podcast, Toby Young joins spiked’s Tom Slater and Fraser Myers to discuss the launch of his Free Speech Union, the new threats to free speech, and what we can all do to face down censorship. Learn more about the Free Speech Union here.

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Stef Steer

5th March 2020 at 11:00 am

I think this is a really good idea and not before time, especially the research arm of it as in the end a law change that allows people to again tell uncomfortable realities has to be the goal.

Hugh Oxford

1st March 2020 at 4:29 pm

Until it’s understood that the West is in the grip of existential spiritual warfare, and gender, sexuality, abortion and contraception are the battlegrounds, can anything, and I mean anything that’s going on today be understood.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

1st March 2020 at 6:44 pm

I agree with you that there is a spiritual war going on, and there has been since the beginning of time. However, I’m an evangelical Christian and I think that conservative evangelicals really need to stop obsessing about single issues such as abortion or transsexuality and instead get out into the street and preach the Gospel of Christ crucified. Do what Wesley and Whitefield did in the 18th century and you will see a remarkable transformation in this country.

Jerry Owen

1st March 2020 at 8:00 pm

No you aren’t an Evangelical Christian. You are a vile anti white racist.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

1st March 2020 at 9:16 pm

JERRY OWEN — You need help! I’m white, thicko.

Jerry Owen

2nd March 2020 at 10:06 am

You are a vile anti white racist.

Jerry Owen

2nd March 2020 at 10:57 am

ZP
What is your real name then ?

Tinfoil Hat

1st March 2020 at 10:52 pm

You mean a minority of nut jobs. They thrive on a collectivist crapology that the majority of folk consider bonkers. The majority will win while we are a democracy but it’s tough going. Unfortunately we fail to have a credible political opposition because they fawn over the minority obsessions and a government that feels so insecure that it pays lip service to the minority.

Garreth Byrne

1st March 2020 at 2:07 pm

Liberal freedom of speech in my view means: I believe in your right to say something with which I may disagree. I would qualify that assertion with the rider that free expression can be qualified by laws relating to public order & safety, defamation of character and protection of children from pornography and general obscenity. Many things have happened on university campuses in Great Britain, North America and continental Europe during the past half-century that in aggregate have tended to weaken the university as a bulwark of free enquiry and speech in western society.

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1st March 2020 at 11:56 am

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1st March 2020 at 4:52 pm

I’m envious. Do tell…

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

1st March 2020 at 6:49 pm

How intriguing.

Curry Sauce

1st March 2020 at 10:30 am

Okay so let’s hear what the Spiked/Free Speech tub thumpers make of this? Will they be howling with rage at the silencing of views, even if they run contrary to the Spiked default position?

https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/01/british-museum-put-mary-beard-on-the-board-despite-downing-st-veto?__twitter_impression=true

jessica christon

1st March 2020 at 1:48 pm

It’s all good. It looks like she’ll be appointed directly through the BM anyway, but I’ve always said that freedom of speech/expression is for everyone or no one. It’s not only for views which you approve of, which is something the ID left don’t get.

Curry Sauce

1st March 2020 at 2:07 pm

Which clearly is the correct response. I’ll wait with interest to see if the Spiked mob embrace this with as much enthusiasm as they do when the views under attack are populist in nature.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

1st March 2020 at 6:48 pm

The right (and so-called ‘alt right’) are as guilty of this extremism as the left. Natural justice dictates that every man and woman has the right to express their opinion and then, when all the options are laid on the table, truth will out, or so says Launcelot Gobbo.

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1st March 2020 at 6:49 pm

You cannot love God and Mammon (unless you are Jacob Rees Mogg)!

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1st March 2020 at 10:32 am

Perhaps you could use some of that money for grammar lessons.

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Paul Carlin

29th February 2020 at 9:36 pm

I don’t use ‘podcasts’, which are a waste of music time. However, I welcome T Young to one of my favourite sites; write well, sir, and I’ll read.

Paul Carlin

29th February 2020 at 9:37 pm

…that’s if you intend to stay beyond one earful…

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