Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
Antisemitic UK Labour Party wants to police other people’s speech.
Leftists used to champion free speech. But the British Labour Party is now demanding emergency legislation to censor vaccine ‘misinformation’ online. As if stamping out unwelcome ideas was remotely possible. As if a historic pandemic and a historic economic recession weren’t enough for governments to contend with. Let’s make matters worse by rushing through hamfisted legislation virtually guaranteed to undermine free speech of all kinds.
The SkyNews report is here: Labour spokesman calls anti-vax content ‘garbage’ after demand for emergency social media law. Please notice this is the same political party that has spent the past few years under investigation due to its culture of antisemitism. In a 130-page report released last month, the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission concluded the Labour Party is responsible for “unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination” against members of the Jewish community.
So here’s an idea. Labour has homework to do. All that poison, garbage, conspiracy theories and nonsense (words used by Labour spokesperson Jonathan Ashworth) needs to be banished from its own organization first.
Thankfully, not everyone has lost their minds. Scottish doctor Malcolm Kendrick responds here: Stamping on the ‘anti-vaxxers’ – a very stupid idea. In his words, “You don’t win arguments by clubbing people into submission. All you do is silence them and redouble their determination.”