Britain evolving into first modern soft totalitarian state?

Hal Colebatch presents a rather terrifying portrait of life in modern Britain, and notes that legislation currently before Parliament would criminalise politically incorrect jokes, with a maximum punishment of up to seven years’ prison. Apparently the House of Lords tried to insert a free-speech amendment, but Justice Secretary Jack Straw knocked it out.

Well worth a read for anyone interested in freedom of speech and indeed freedom of thought. I fear that we are heading down a similar path in Australia.

8 thoughts on “Britain evolving into first modern soft totalitarian state?

  1. Hey, Basil Brush was just asking for it!!! Jokes are banned, and evidence of inferior genes.
    Mark twain said it best- “I have got a lawyer, and am looking for a good lawsuit!”
    The bad news is, it may soon be illegal to make jokes about New Zealanders, of all people! Woe is us! They wouldn’t even know that a joke had been made about them, so where’s the harm? (That could be a joke. Why are Kiwis the only people you can still make jokes about? Because… etc.)

  2. Any democracy in a weakened state will always tend towards a totalitarian style regime. It is happening all over the globe.

    In the UK this is made more complex by the politically significant minorities that make the politicians behave like a majority of chickens around a single rooster in the minority.

    Democracy is not infalliable and its weaknesses need to be publicly addressed and dealt with, but of course ironically that is unlikely given its percieved infallibility amongst the “democratically inclined” majority.

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