Discussion in 'Europe' started by William Joyce, May 6, 2006.
None in Europe, sadly.
Have to disagree - we do have this freedom in the UK - whether or not anyone listens is a different matter . . .
Yes, good distinction, though USMB doesn't have a separate section for the UK or Ireland, so I tucked it in "Europe."
Kinda reminds of Sheehan and that woman who supported Bush getting chucked out of meetings for wearing T-shirts...
 Better qualify that - the part where the British woman was taken out by 14 cops for reading out Brit servicemen's names at the cenotaph is what I am referring to..
If I remember correctly, there are limits on speech in both countries and in times of 'extremis' UK has the precedents in place to make limitations much easier. Here is one link that backs that up in degrees, I'll look further at some things I have on comparative governments:
To K's post I would add the UK's Race Relations Act, which would barely pass First Amendment muster in the states. Under it, a young man named David Wilson was sent to prison in Scotland for distributing flyers warning that Muslims were dangerous. And, BNP leader Nick Griffin just sat for a criminal trial for having given a speech in which he called Islam a "wicked" faith. This, mind you, was BEFORE 7/7. Meanwhile, sheiks in London can call for the destruction of the UK, and the Crown service will look the other way.
So, in response to roomy, sorry, fella. The "color-blind" fairness of your country is belied by the facts. White Britons do not have the same rights to free speech as non-white foreigners.
But your laws pertaining to human rights are not protected by a constitution, written or otherwise. They are common laws, like any other. If laws past by your legislature conflict with human rights laws, well that's that then, eh?
The Constitution can be amended. It is not sacrosanct...
Tony Blair is doing his nut over legislation that he introduced which incorporated the European human rights legislation into British legislation. Now he wants to undo what he did. Bloody hypocrite.
This one has jumped up and bitten him on the arse. Usual case of do first, think later!
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