Labour on free speech, then & now

Labour has a less than honest approach to free speech.

Andrew Little issued the following statement on 8 January 2015:

“The attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper is an assault on democracy and freedom of expression. Violence against journalists is abhorrent and must not be tolerated in any form.

“This attack should be seen for what it is – an attempt to instil fear in those who would exercise their universal freedoms of thought and expression, which is all of us.

A year earlier they were saying this:

Asked if the government should ban Facebook, Clarke replied, “The government should always have in its back pocket the ability to ban websites.”

Of course they were also responsible from one of the worse attacks on freedom of expression and free speech with their hated Electoral Finance Act in 2007, brought in to debate in elections.

So, excuse me if I think Andrew Little’s claims to stand for freedom of speech, democracy and freedom of expression when Labour has repeatedly shown that they are not a party of freedom, they are in fact a party of restrictions.

Crying crocodile tears when their actions in the past are to ban and restrict is as insulting as it would have been if they’d cuddled up to the terrorists.

 

– NBR

 

 


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  • cows4me

    Just as radical Islamics preach the religion of peace the labour party preaches democracy and free speech, both outfits are full of it.

  • Damon Mudgway

    Maybe, just maybe, Labour are going to adopt more centrist, right wing policies to try and woo traditional National supporters.

    I lasted about a second before laughing out loud to my own comment.

    • ex-JAFA

      Ha ha, yes there’s little point in Labour adopting the policies that National’s only recently taken from them.

  • Sailor Sam

    Labour advocates free speech?
    It is obvious that the editors of “The Standard” do not believe this!

  • dgrogan

    I guess we should be thankful for small mercies. At least Angry Andy Little didn’t say the Charlie Hebdo staff only had themselves to blame, unlike other ratbag Labour muppets.

  • Sticktotheknitting

    Does Labour agree with free speech for Bloggers? I noted that they disapprove of free speech on this blog.
    This is why I came here to see what caused so much breast-beating and angst in the minority parties. I now understand that they are afraid of the truth.

  • Willard79

    ‘Violence or intimidation against anyone for simply expressing their views is abhorrent and must not be tolerated in any form.’

    Is what he should have said. Typical weasal words from a politician.

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