It is about time that a government law was introduced, putting a stop to intimidation in public discourse.
Nobody abhors the nanny state more than I – but this is one area where a clampdown is long over due. And pronto.
Members of the common herd calling politicians “war criminals” – just because they initiated illegal wars. Or saying that their elected representatives are “incompetent”, and their policies “ill-conceived”. It all goes too far.
There was none of this online thuggery when I was a lad. Admittedly, the internet didn’t exist back then – but that is largely beside the point at hand.
I worry that our public debate is coarsening into a feral free for all. And also that political correctness means we can no longer say what we wish, without being tutted at.
I’ll have you know that it is quite possible to disagree with somebody, without demeaning them on account of opposing viewpoints. Through engaging in childish name-calling, for example.
If only the members of generation snowflake would take that on board.
But instead, what do we see? Braying mobs of young folk hurting peoples’ feelings; using rude words – and making them upset.
Likening grown men to gammon. Throwing cornflakes at cafes. Disagreeing with their social betters on the internet!
Not to mention radical students censoring panto; and militant statistics-watchdogs censuring government ministers.
Well, it’s not on. The decent among us shouldn’t have to put up with this sort of thing.
Thank God we have a sensible government, I say. One which will put a stop to PC palaver; and allow us to voice our robust opinions freely, once again.
And arrest anyone who makes disrespectful comments about us, in the process.