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Rowan Atkinson on free speech

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The forerunner of the Defend Free Speech campaign was called “Reform Section 5”. This speech by Rowan Atkinson at the launch event in Parliament in 2012 should be heard by every politician, journalist and campaigner before they start calling for laws to silence those they regard as ‘extremists’. 


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It's all very nice, but actually the UK like many countries suffered such a deep wound after WW1 and WW2, that people simply behaved because of the depth of generational pain.  As well as that the country was still Christian, and still had some agricultural and metallurgical industry.  People were real, and they tried hard to be good.  It was in their blood.   And of course there was quite a lot of nature around as well as culture.

Today all that is being carefully scrubbed clean and such ideas as freedom of speech just aren't going to matter, people have lost everything.

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