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Our Free Speech Is Threatened by Such Hypocrisy

Magazine article Marketing

Our Free Speech Is Threatened by Such Hypocrisy

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"How is it that the loudest yelps for freedom come from the drivers of negroes?" asked Dr Johnson before the American War of Independence. Similarly, I sometimes wonder by what coincidence our two most xenophobic ministers, Howard and Portillo, are born of foreign parents. Could their minds have been unhinged by a surfeit of Sun editorials?

Five weeks ago I saw an article suggesting Howard is disliked because of his looks. His mind worries me more. I am even told his proposed immigration laws would have excluded his own parents from coming here before the war.

Another politician with no sense of irony is Joseph Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts), now campaigning to restrict US booze advertising. How did he arrive in his present situation: stinking rich and pontificating to everyone from his representative's pulpit? Largely because his grandfather, old Joe, made such a pile out of bootlegging during prohibition that he could buy his son, John F, the presidency.

His proposal, and others like it, have always been rejected by the US Supreme Court because they restrict the freedom of speech: advertising informs people, however slightly, about things they might not otherwise hear about; and if it is legal to buy and sell, it should be legal to advertise.

How sad that US politicians tool about with trivia, yet fail to control the one factor which clearly causes infinitely more misery: guns. Is it that hard to understand that people who own guns are going to shoot them, and other people are going to get killed? …

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