They burned down a newspaper building but their frustration now is that they can’t burn down the internet

Published: February 15, 2017 at 11:24pm

Whenever people begin nagging about divorce, gay marriage, the morning after pill and the rest of it, I always say the same thing: that the only true test of whether a politician or political party is liberal is in his, her or their approach to freedom of expression and the free press.

There is nothing else: that is the fundamental which underpins the rest, the starting-point from which all else flows. The Labour Party’s inability to handle criticism, its description of criticism as “hate” and “poison”, its portrayal of critics as isolated outsiders and dangerous enemies, its refusal to accept the sort of writing and pillorying that other politicians take in their stride elsewhere, has always been its undoing.

The Labour Party is not in the least bit liberal and never has been. It is intolerant and oppressive. But we can be grateful for the internet, because they can’t burn it down. And of course, that is exactly what is driving them mad with frustration.

  • me

    This is a year-old article by Petra Caruana Dingli, but it still holds true today, now more than ever:

    “Attempts to silence women actually target strength, not weakness. The sexual, emotional and intellectual power of women is feared, and must be locked up or controlled.

    This attitude is also directed at women who write, especially about politics. An example is the awful blog of the Prime Minister’s aide, Glenn Bedingfield.”

    • Tabatha_White

      Glenn’s blog is an example of Human Rights being transgressed by the Prime Minister himself.

      I refuse to read it and thereby lend it legitimacy.

      Glenn Bedingfield’s blog is not legitimate.

    • Jan Farrugia

      I’ve read it and found it very eye-opening. Thanks for pointing it out. I had missed it somehow.

  • Doriette Rizzo Naudi

    Want to bet? I lived through times when it was illegal to own a computer, near-impossible to make a phone call….isolated to an extreme. Guess who was in government then?

  • EarthwormDave

    The EU has been around for over fifty years. For a long time people have been saying it is a toothless tiger. How reasonable is it to think that things are likely to change in the foreseeable future?

    Muscat, as an ex-MEP, knows this better than anyone.

    The only hope lies in the hands of the electorate in 2018.

    My main concern is the risk of the result being rigged.

    • callixtus

      That toothless tiger has kept war at bay, helped bring down the Soviet Union without firing a shot, absorbed most of the former countries of the Warsaw Pact and made Europeans more prosperous than ever before.

  • Makjavel

    Owning a fax machine was illegal and only some companies were allowed to have one. My first computer, an Amstrad, was bought under the counter. Those were the golden days, Labour style.