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I demand a right to offend and be offended!

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2111 days ago
In the UK it is illegal to send grossly offensive communications. This applies whether the intended recipient is the subject of the potential offense or not. This is one of the few cases where I think the law should be literally reversed, every word negated and every “illegal” turned into a protected “right”. The problem with classifying “offense” as a crime is that the subject of the crime gets to determine whether they have been subjected to a crime or ...

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The solution is NOT military!

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2100 days ago
Recent events in Algeria and Mali demonstrate once again the threats to a peaceful existence we all face. We all want to live in peace, wherever we are from and whatever our beliefs, not just those of us in 'developed', 'democratic' countries. So how our we going to respond to the latest events? You can already hear the same rhetoric that got us into Iraq and Afghanistan being repeated - imminent  threats from Islamic terrorists, breeding grounds for Al-Qaeda, global effo...

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Am I anti-Semitic?

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2092 days ago
"Anti-Semitism: hostility to or prejudice against Jews." Am I anti-Semitic because I totally disagree with some policies of the Israeli government and the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel? Is Gerald Scarfe anti-Semitic for producing a cartoon that appeared in the Sunday Times, following the Israeli election last week, in which the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, was depicted building a wall using what appeared to be the blood of Palestinians. It carried the strapline: ...

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Is Chinese New Year more multicultural than Jewish or Islamic festivals?

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2078 days ago
A few days ago I attended celebrations in Manchester marking the opening of the year of the snake. I was very pleasantly surprised by the spontaneous show of  multicultural appreciation for the dance of the dragon and the lion, accompanied by the rhythmic hammering of drums and the crash of symbols. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of people harking from Beijing to Bolton lined the streets, whilst the lion and dragon dancers writhed past. Most of these dancers were not Chinese or Far East Asian,...