Sunday, October 29, 2006

Banning Flag burning?

According to the BBC, gibbering idiots who can't do their job Police Chiefs want to ban flag burning. You can read the BBC's article here.

The aim is to crack down on Islamic extremists and preachers of hate apparently.

Have these useless pratts not noticed that they can already charge them with things like incitement to murder but frequently don't. Why ask for new laws if you are singularly failing to enforce the ones we have got?

Other proposed assaults on our freedoms include banning people covering their faces on demonstrations.

We need to just say NO!

As well as telling them to prosecute people who are already breaking the law.

4 comments:

Courtney Hamilton said...

The thing is, flag burning is a form of political speech, it's a form of expression - we may not like it, but I think in a free society, we should be able to tolerate flag burners.

Well, at the very least, I don't think there should be any laws against such activity, nor should there be any new laws against demonstrations deemed to be 'offensive'.

After all, we do have the right to be offensive in this country, whether people like it or not.

Benedict White said...

Well Yes. There have been many demonstrations putting forward ideas that some would have found offensive at the time, like for example that slavery is wrong because they have the same inherant rights as everyone else.

Demonstrations usualy do say something against the common wisdom that is what they are for.

What concerns me as well though is that there is no need for the additional laws if the intent is to combat extreamism.

A neo-Jacobin said...

"What concerns me as well though is that there is no need for the additional laws if the intent is to combat extreamism."

I agree - someone else also made the same point;

http://www.redbadge.co.uk/notes/?p=65

Benedict White said...

Many thanks for the link Courtney. I will read it in more detail later and link to my blog as well I suspect.