Why Are We Here?
Why do we need to organise a grass-roots campaign in Britain, in the 21st Century, to defend freedom of expression? The answer is that we have been let down not just by our political establishment, but also by some of the NGOs that, nominally, exist to defend human rights.
So it is interesting to note which organisations have declined to support us and, where they have given reasons, why.
Starting next week, we will be publicising this aspect of the campaign. A hideous paralysis has gripped some of the most influential organisations. Even though in some cases they have supported identical campaigns overseas, they cannot bring themselves to do so in Europe.
We stand beside groups in every country of the world that seek to defend or, depressingly often, win that most basic of human rights, without which there can be no other rights or freedoms: the right to free expression. But we cannot do that unless we have that right ourselves.
Waffling about how, on the one hand, they support free speech but, on the other hand, free speech shouldn't be exercised is just drivel. Either you support free expression or you don't.
We do. They don't. And maybe some of them have reached their sell-by date.