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London Mayor Revels in Revoking Free Speech After Tawdry Likeness Displayed

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This should be one of the simplest concepts that anyone could possibly muster, yet we find ourselves having to remind the world of one simple fact:  Freedom isn’t something you turn on and off.

That was the very lesson that the world was expected to learn from this American experiment.  We were to lead the world into a new era in which government and politicians are help accountable for their actions by We The People, thanks to our unique allowances when it comes to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the right to bear arms in case all else fails.

This was to be the new standard for global society, yet, here isn 2018, we are seeing a return to fascism and totalitarianism the world over.  The latest example of such frivolous censorship comes to us from London, England.

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A London Labour-controlled council removed an “offensive” satirical painting of Mayor Sadiq Khan in swimwear, just weeks before Khan’s Greater London Authority allowed a balloon depicting U.S. President Donald J. Trump as a baby to fly abovethe city in the name of free speech.

Contractors were called in to remove two murals, one showing the Mayor in a so-called ‘Mankini’ and the other of the Prime Minister in a suggestive pose, from outside Food Bazaar Café in Gray’s Inn Road in Holborn, north London, two weeks ago, West End Extrareports.

The decision by the Labour-controlled London council to remove the caricature of Mayor Khan on grounds of taste has inevitably drawn comparisons and even accusations of hypocrisy to the decision by the Labour-controlled Greater London Authority to permit a 20-foot inflatable caricature of President Donald Trump on grounds of freedom of speech.

Of the murals, Camden Council said the works fell into a “contentious” category, which includes anything perceivably “obscene, racist, political, and religious”.

We mustn’t allow the feelings of others determine the amount of freedom that we exercise; a common misconception of the politically left-leaning forces in 2018 who believe they have a right to not be offended.

Spoiler alert:  You don’t.  So here’s the picture in question, just to make sure you understand that my freedom to publish it is far more powerful than your attempts to censor it.

 

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