So here we are again. Free speech has again been prohibited and political opinion considered too great a threat. Once again, desperation to prevent negative discussion or description of Islam is the cause.
I found out this week that the venue due to host my leadership campaign launch next weekend has cancelled – having received contact from the police. There were concerns about my “views” and no doubt, police were happy to add to such concerns.
I am unperturbed and a new venue has been located. The launch will still take place in Rotherham, 1 pm, on Saturday 1st July. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and membership number. Ukip members are welcome to bring guests to the event.
Please come along if you can. We must recognise and stand up to this threat.
Freedom is speech is important because of political speech; it facilitates the democratic process by allowing a political candidate to express their views honestly, and allowing the voter to hear. It is the most fundamental element of democracy, and a freedom that must be defended.
Again and again we see how much the demands of the Islamic faith have affected free speech in Britain and throughout Europe. Book burnings, threats to authors and journalists, murder of cartoonists, politicians living with armed protection simply for what they say.
Do not be persuaded by the falsehood that this is a minor issue, or insignificant in the grand scheme of things. On the contrary, without our freedom to criticise political or religious ideas, we sacrifice the heart and soul of our nation, as well as our fundamental rights.
This intimidation has got to stop. We must be free to speak our minds and I will continue to fight for that cause. Our right to criticise ideas is non-negotiable, and I will stand for this principle without fear or compromise.
See you in Rotherham.