The erosion of free speech….

‘Supporting free speech is worth little if you only defend the stuff you like’.

John Stuart Mill

‘Few freedoms are absolute and one of the ways you defend liberty is by not abusing it. We may have a right to offend but that is not the same as an obligation’.

Robert Shrimsley (The Financial Times, 12th Feb. 2022)

‘Freedom of speech is one of the most precious and important human rights. A free society depends on the free exchange of ideas. Nearly all ideas are capable of giving offence to someone. Many of the most important, profound ideas in human history, such as those of Galileo Galilei and Charles Darwin, caused great religious offence in their time’.

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