Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Tail Wags Dog

Reporting on the release of the two French hostages the Times report contains an embarrasing typo:-

"France managed to get the Islamic organisations on its side, and then to arrange a discreet hand-over in Baghdad."

Er other way round mate -

"Islamic organisations managed to get France on its side, and then to
arrange a publicity stunt in Paris."

All that is required for evil to prevail is that good (wo)men do nothing.

A Home Office minister suggested yesterday that the violent protests that forced the cancellation of a play about Sikhs would ultimately benefit the author and the show.

Fiona Mactaggart refused to offer support for either the theatre, which came under siege, or the author, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, who is in hiding after reportedly receiving death threats.”

In fact I don’t even think she’s doing nothing. What she’s actually doing is condoning the violence in much the same way as those who claimed Rushdie only did it for the publicity.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

The Muppets Puppets

Ok so you’re doing an report on free speech and want to quote an expert to well, I don’t know, give the impression you know what you’re talking about – dumb girl in glasses idea. So who you going to call? Well if you’re the BBC you’d call in Index for Censorship – yep the very same group that celebrated the murder of Theo Van Gogh.

Needless to say the expert's views are within wailing distance of Tehran:-

“I get a bit disturbed when people talk about a right to offend. It's not a positive thing," says Mr Mullin. "The UN declaration talks about freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, not our freedom to offend."

Indeed- perhaps because the drafters never expected their legislation to be interpreted by idiots? But onwards and downward he continues:-
"It's damaging that people see free expression simply as a right to cause offence," says Mr Mullin. "The right to freedom of speech is still relatively new and we are like adolescents, insufficiently mature in how we should use it. “
Indeed, indeed, speak for yourself mate.
But you really have to ask where this rampant abuse of language can from – here we have the Idex for Censorship arguing for censorship and the BBC, well its not British, this isn’t Broadcasting and its not a Corporation, its crap.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Standards Slipping

"CANDIDATES for sainthood will be exonerated from the requirement to have performed a miracle under guidelines being considered by the Pope. "

So I'm eligble now then?

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