Has the UK Freedom of Speech Tradition ended? 10th March 2020 – Posted in: A sign of the times, News

UK freedom of speech….   … and my question is has this freedom ended?  Many ordinary people and some experts are beginning to believe so.  However, I am convinced the answer must now be yes!  Take a listen to these two videos and see what you think – two interesting views on the law’s interpretation.  Firstly take a listen to a Police Officer, and then listen to a Police Chief.  What is the correct (legal) interpretation of the law?  As a matter of fact you can read the answer t the bottom of this post you can read

First a police officer’s view…

Police Officer’s Opinion

Second, the view of the Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police…

Police Chief’s View

 

Freedom of Speech

Lord Justice Sedley

As I have said above, as regards UK freedom of speech, here is the most recent UK legal test case pronouncement. 

This quote is from Lord Justice Sedley and was delivered in a landmark case in 1999:

“Free speech includes not only the inoffensive but the irritating, the contentious, the eccentric, the heretical, the unwelcome and the provocative provided it does not tend to provoke violence. Freedom only to speak inoffensively is not worth having.”

 

 

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