‘It is not the function of the police to patrol our minds’ – Peter Hitchens on free speech

Here’s an interview that is well worth watching as right-wing columnist Peter Hitchens attacks the right-wing behaviour of UK police after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

That’s correct – he’s a right-winger but he absolutely opposes the arrest of people who were merely exercising their right to free speech by calling for the end of the monarchy.

His comments on attempts to reverse the relationship between the state and the individual are particularly interesting.

And he bemoans the failure to understand how authority is exercised in a free country – by consent. Doesn’t that indicate that the UK under the current crop of Tories isn’t free?

Also interesting is his comment on the way people have started to attack others – not on the basis of what those others have said, but on what they believe those others to have said (or what they can get others to believe).

The common thread? Intolerance of dissent.

Here’s the clip:

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3 thoughts on “‘It is not the function of the police to patrol our minds’ – Peter Hitchens on free speech

  1. jake

    http://jakemaverick.blogspot.com/

    intolerance of dissent? they’re ou to get me again, might not be around for much longer…but i never get this ‘consent’ bit. when do they ever ask for consent? raping people with cameras? smashing into homes? stealing stuff? beating and violently abducting people? murder? i dnt see any real diff between that and in the usa

  2. mohandeer

    It’s not the first time Peter Hitchens has impressed me. Even though I have a tendency towards socialism and admired Marx’s work and thinking I would not describe myself as a socialist. Neither am I a true capitalist and am certainly vehemently opposed to corporatisation and privatisation.

    He reminds me of someone else I admired who sadly passed away some years back.

    He is forthright in his beliefs. He is knowledgeable on what he speaks of. He is unafraid to speak his mind. He sincerely believes in his opinions. He has both honesty and integrity.

    (Probably the reason why I supported Corbyn and rely on your site for my news)

    I’ll leave you to work out who he reminds me off.

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