I guess the key this is the never-ending battle of where does freedom of speech end and inciting illegal activity begin? Which as you can see from the political spectrum across the world, different people have different views on.
My major mancrush Brian Cox said: “The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it. The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!”
This argument should remain separate to if she has been discriminated against due to her political beliefs. Now, I haven’t seen evidence of this. But that would be a separate issue to freedom of speech.
Now, I think the real issue here is the massive divide between rational society and the alt right, between Trump loving fascists and sane politics based on evidence, between brexit and oh, fuck no.
I, like anyone else in the UK that hasn’t spent the last few years with their heads rammed firmly up their arses, have met, befriended, worked with and become community with recent migrants, especially from Syria, Iraq and sub-saharan Africa. When I hear about people trying to stop NGOs from rescuing people, I image friends, colleagues, my community, washed up on beaches. So, fuck you, Lauren Southern, you utter cockwomble. And good on you, Jack Conte. Now go and make another video as amazing as “Gulf”.
I recently helped in the production of a documentary by immigrants to Swansea, of them thanking the UK for the support they’ve had. I was in tears throughout my work with them, and was left an emotional wreck from their stories. It’s currently touring the UK, catch it if you can. Here’s the trailer: