Up to 2013, freedom of speech (as regards the critique of the judiciary, an absolute and non-negotiable cornerstone of liberty) was absolutely non-existent in England or Wales. That’s something to think about. If criticism of the judiciary were not free in England and Wales, today, in 2015, that would be a sign of illicit privilege harking back to and justifying the medieval times where monarchs, aristocrats and clerics tyrannised over their subjects, serfs and flocks.
Perhaps those unreconstructed humanists in the UK who wish to ‘educate’ other countries out of the ‘error of their ways’ should remember that just two years ago, such a draconian, tyrannical and authoritarian law as this was upon the books in England and Wales.
People in England and Wales are now more free, and more safe, and more secure, because this anti-liberty, anti-equality and anti-justice law is off the books. Freedom of speech cannot exist where some individuals are immune from criticism. I hang my head in shame, to think that such has existed in England and Wales, until recent times. The path to liberty is a slow and unending trudge. Let’s not forget though, that even Bilbo and Sam cannot see all ends.
I posted the following (originally published on my Wallace Runnymede blog), in order to raise the issue once more of creeping authoritarianism in the so-called 'Free World.' This piece does not directly relate to terrorism; but it does raise the matter of how very far from pristine the UK is when it comes to the civilized values 'we' (i.e. the government) are making such a poor pretense of endeavoring to defend.
I hope this article leads to serious reflection on how the mythology of 'Freedom Lovers' is contrary to freedom, to liberty, to equality and to radical individualism.