Jonathan Arnott is an independent MEP for the North East of England.
“Can you imagine”, rants London’s Mayor on this morning’s Today Programme, “if we limited freedom of speech because someone’s feelings might be hurt?”
This, sadly, is the level of debate surrounding free speech in the United Kingdom today. The phrase is, in effect, weaponised: it is designed to polarise opinion – and we see politicians and people of all persuasions peddling this principle.
It’s rank hypocrisy though. On its most banal level, Sadiq Khan does have a point. Why should the State intervene when someone makes a political point? Why should the State prevent left-wingers from flying a Trump-baby blimp (however offensive) over London during the visit of the American President?