April 11, 2008

Fascists and freedom

David T at Harry's Place on the decision by London's Hampstead & Highgate Express to carry an advert for the British National Party:-

Archant [the Ham and High's parent company] is entitled to take a content-neutral approach to the advertisements that they run. In these circumstances, a decision to run an advert by a fascist party might not be a great business decision, but it doesn't amount to an endorsement of the party. I'm not massively impressed by the Ham and High taking election adverts from fascists, but it isn't as bad as giving Nick Griffin a column, or inviting him to participate in a public forum.
Free speech even when it hurts. Maybe Voltaire is making a comeback.

Or should that be Tallentyre?