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The disgusting attempt to silence Joey Barton

11 January 2024

12:25 AM

11 January 2024

12:25 AM

I have a question. What’s more ‘dangerous’ and ‘disgusting’ – a footballer sounding off on social media or a government minister threatening to clamp down on speech that he personally considers to be ‘not acceptable’?

For a government functionary to decree that some opinions are unacceptable, and therefore might have to be hushed, is the stuff of tyranny

It’s the latter, isn’t it? People saying zany things online is par for the course in a free society.

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