Free speech is a nice idea, but it can ‘poison the very bloodstream of democracy’. Where do you think those words appeared? In the minutes of a CCCP meeting? In a newly found letter written by late helmet-haired hater of filth, Mary Whitehouse? In a screed about godless bloggers put out by a Saudi theocrat?
Actually, it was in the Guardian, the self-styled conscience of liberal England. Yesterday, as part of a series of articles on the ‘dark side’ of the internet, the Guardian actually published those words, words which wouldn’t be out of place in a tyrant’s ramblings, words which should worry anyone who believes that far from ‘poison[ing] the very bloodstream of democracy’, free speech is the very bloodstream of democracy.