What’s that famous saying by Voltaire that’s supposed to demonstrate the difference between our “free and democratic” form of society and repressive totalitarian ones? “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” Ah yes that’s it!
In contrast to the Government’s stance that the population is not qualified to learn whether what its leaders said in private, accorded with what was said in public, we learn they took the view that no individual was exempt from government’s right to snoop on them. What is good for the goose is clearly not applicable to the gander is it?.
To add to numerous examples of deception and whitewash on the part of American and British Governments and the continued pursuit and demonisation of those who have revealed the truth, not to mention a multitude of examples where free speech has been stamped on, the removal of the “Press TV” licence to broadcast in the UK can be added.
The culture of tolerance, fairness and civilised behaviour, for which the British State and people were recognised, won by heroic effort over generations, is gradually being whittled away from without and within, and no-one seems able to stop it. “Freedom” so often touted to excuse despicable acts of violence, is not lost by one honest blow but by a thousand camouflaged cuts. We awake to find ourselves in a very different kind of country.
We need different viewpoints to the world situation and the intelligence to weigh them objectively to come to an opinion as to what is true and what isn’t. “Press TV” may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but preventing us the public from viewing it, is yet another indication as to our direction of travel.