Saturday, April 25, 2015

Shenyang and UK free speech

From hotel room in Shenyang
Back from intense and fascinating trip to Beijing and Shenyang. Once more I had the pleasure and privilege of singing in the South Cathedral English Choir and experiencing at first hand the enthusiasm and optimism of Chinese Christians.

I was on this occasion the only Westerner in the Choir and the only Tenor apart from the conductor so it was just as well I was there since we had Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus as well as Schubert's Holy Holy Holy is the Lord.

Like most people in business I am seriously concerned about the economic effects of a possible Miliband government. I also worry that a Miliband government propped up by the SNP would lead to the SNP calling and winning a referendum in 2017 to break up the UK. Now in addition we learn that Miliband pledges to make "Islamophobia" a criminal offence. Since whenever anyone criticises Islam or the actions of individual Muslims they are accused of "Islamophobia" this would be seriously chilling of free speech, especially since his putative Justice Secretary is a Muslim.  The Charlie Hebdo journalists would presumably be jailed under such a regime

PS as a perfect illustration, a Labour NEC member called Christine Shawcroft claimed that Lutfur Rahman, who was convicted of electoral fraud in a damning court judgement, was a victim of "Islamophobia". If she had her way the courageous individuals who brought the case against him would be jailed, as would the judge.

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