To this writer, it looks as though the Tories are stage-managing arguments between themselves, in order to make a final (already-determined) result look good.
They don’t have the Liberal Democrats around any more so they have to rely on their own people.
Will these measures go through? Probably.
Do they undermine freedom of speech? Definitely.
But then, the Tories are the party of restriction.
Theresa May drew up the proposals following the murder of drummer Lee Rigby in 2013, and says the measures are intended to “confront head-on the poisonous Islamist extremist ideology”.
But critics say the bill will be a licence to silence any opinion the Government doesn’t like.
Referring to a march following the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in France, Emma Norton, of human rights group Liberty, said: “Just a few months after the Prime Minister marched in Paris in defence of free speech he proposes measures to help shut it down.
She added: “You don’t protect democracy by undermining the freedoms that sustain it.”