Timothy Garton Ash Puts Forth a Free-Speech Manifesto

OXFORD, England — After the murders at Charlie Hebdo last year, the public intellectual Timothy Garton Ash — once a dashing foreign correspondent, long since a scholar amid the spires of Oxford — issued an appeal to news organizations: Publish the offending cartoons, all of you together, and in that way proclaim the vitality of free speech.

“Otherwise,” he warned, “the assassin’s veto will have prevailed.”

  • Brett_McS

    A bit late to catch the Steyn-Levant train, but valid none the less.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Yeah well, if you looked into his “record”, he has very few “dance to the radio” worthy hits, so to speak. Lower the bar in this particular context. Mr. Garton Ash is clearly in “catch-up” mode. 😉

  • Justin St.Denis

    Timothy Garton Ash appears to be burdened with a very peculiar appearance as a male. He looks like he has not seen sunlight in years, or is consumptive or otherwise deathly ill, and is possibly a transsexual. Weirdly repulsive man.

  • Spatchcocked

    I’ve met Mr Garton Ash on two occasions. Both times he lectured on post war cultural shifts in definitions of 19 the century liberalism. A very personable man and able to present a compelling argument for the degradation of meaning qua symbol.
    On a strictly personal level I learned over luncheon that he is the father of six children. He has been married twice….his first wife passed away in the very greatest agony from dining on Begian waffles and a tainted bottle of Canadian maple syrup.
    He nonetheless maintains a cordial nay affectionate regard for Canadians notwithstanding his loss.
    He is truly a polymath in athletics. A marathoner and cricket enthusiast he is possibly the fittest man I have ever met. Living in Yorkshire he is still a fell racing enthusiast and has won the annual seniors medal for fell racing on Mount Snowden for 7 consecutive years.
    A well known Bon vivant and raconteur with a Cordon Bleu he is a wonderful story teller and can set the table at a roar at will.

  • Brenda

    Wasn’t he a friend and supporter of Tariq Ramadan? I have a hard time keeping up with who is thinking what and when.