Friday 7 February 2020

Why 'Freedom of Speech' is so important.

The threats to our 'Freedom of Speech' are real and dangerous for democracy.

The American consitution is not perfect but it did fall to the Americans to establish, what the Europeans had not, which is "governance of the people, by the people and for the people."

As Montesquieu believed, who influenced the American constitution, every man invested with power is apt to abuse it which he also argued meant power should be checked by power.

However, people without 'Freedom of Speech' will find it difficult to gain power. Our political elite, with their liking for Absolutism and Cameralism, need a compliant public.

Over the last 15 odd years the public have been silenced on major issues of concern like immigration and Climate Change and also other issues like HS2 or even the third runway at Heathrow. When, on our membership of the EU we were given a voice the 'Establishment' would not intitally accept our democratic decision.

If the 'People' are ever to win we cannot afford to be silenced and we must find our collective voice to break the spiral of silence and restore the foundations of our inalienable rights to 'Free Speech'.