Here’s an illuminating piece from the Beast, showing how bitterly the Conservatives oppose our rights to free speech and free expression.

This opposition currently puts them in a difficult position. Didn’t a prominent Conservative recently come out as gay, after years in the closet? What does he think of his own party’s attitude?

Or is persecution of those who dare to speak their mind, along with the restriction of justice to those who can afford it, perfectly reasonable now that his own minority group has been removed from the list?

Sections of the Tory party have for some time now bitterly objected to what they see as appallingly lax, permissive standards on television and the theatre. A few years ago, one of the High Tories with either the Daily Mail, the Spectator or possibly the Telegraph, wrote a piece declaring that British society had been wrecked by the evil Roy Jenkins. Why Roy Jenkins, of all people?The Tory right despises him as the personification of the very worst aspects of the Sixties. It was ‘Woy’ Jenkins, as home secretary in the 1960s, who ended censorship in the theatre, legalised homosexuality and removed the property qualification for jury service.

This meant that all kinds of ‘orrible filth was allowed on stage, to the consternation of Mary Whitehouse and the other members of her Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association.

The judiciary became soft of crime, because the great unwashed now allowed to judge whether defendants were guilty in the courtroom were not respectable householders, and so had no interest in defending property rights.

And most heinous of all, gays were allowed the freedom to indulge their sexuality in the privacy of their own homes, instead of being arrested and properly punished for the threat they posed to society.

Source: Back to Censorship with the Tories | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

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