POSTED RESPONSE TO AN EDITORIAL IN THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
No, you have it wrong.
It is not that Britain's reputation for free speech has been "ruthlessly exploited."
It is now that is the genuine test of free speech.
Pieces like this one are in fact saying free speech is fine when times are fat and easy, but free speech needs control when they are not.
I could not agree less.
People are in fact never hurt by speech (genuine liable excluded), they are hurt by acts, acts which include the diminution of free speech.
And your use of the words, “enemy within,” is very revealing. That was a catch phrase during the American witch hunts of the 1950s.