The Battle For Liberty
What an excellent article. I recommend it to anyone who reads this.
By Christian Jones
Liam Stacey lies in a prison cell tonight. Tomorrow he will be subject to the regime of routine bullying, theft and assault that pass for order in our once proud prison system. His ‘crime’? Legalistically he is guilty of inciting racial hatred, though a cursory glance at the comments which sealed his fate show that he urged no one to do anything. (The legal system that was once the envy of the world no longer even understands the meaning of the words which frame its laws). It is a moral transgression, however, that led Mr. Stacey to his current predicament. In his stupidity and vulgarity (not yet illegal as far as I’m aware) he made the heinous mistake of being offensive. The only thing considered more serious by our liberal high-priests of morality than being ‘inappropriate’, another of their favourite weasel words.
The situation in which we find ourselves is dire. When a British judge can speak utter drivel dreamed up on a football banner such as ‘It was not the football world who was praying for Muamba…..everybody was praying for his life. ‘ then the tide is indeed at the flood. For if the judiciary can so easily be swayed by the fashions and passions of the crowd, then who will apply cold reason and, yes, the law? In a functioning democracy worthy of the name, freedom of speech must be absolute (beyond the necessity of a very tightly defined libel law). We would do well to remember that there is no right not to be offended. Indeed, it is the duty of all who understand and love liberty to reflect on the words of Thomas Jefferson ‘I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it’.
Let us be clear; there is no ‘coming battle for liberty’. That battle is here and it is now. It rages all around us every day and it cares not if we are too concerned with whether United will win the league to notice it. Every time we self censor, every time we fail to challenge those who would see people jailed for words uttered or thoughts expressed then we are complicit in the destruction of the very liberty that better men than us fought and died for. Our political masters cannot and will not allow the house of cards that is multi-culturalism to collapse, and so they shore it up with ever more draconian laws limiting freedom of thought and speech. The English People’s Party is clear; we will abolish all ‘hate laws’. We will dismantle the apparatus that oversees and expands them. Most importantly of all we will guarantee freedom of speech for all by enshrining it in a written constitution, based on the ancient English tradition of liberty.
You made the same mistake as me, believing newspaper reports. He wasn't convicted for inciting racial hatred and you should edit your article:
"There have been some inaccurate reports in a number of places about the offence with which Liam Stacey was charged. He was charged with, and pleaded guilty to, a Racially Aggravated s4A Public order Act 1986, and not inciting racial hatred."
In a way that makes it worse given the heavy sentence for a lesser crime. Also the swift pace of British justice is notable in this instance and is not something we are used to.