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Nick Griffin Acquitted in British Hate Speech Trial
I've written about the Nick Griffin case in England--Griffin is the head of the BNP, one Britain's Opposition Parties, who has been targeted by the British Government for prosecution on under Britain's anti-hate speech laws.
He has just been acquitted by a jury, for, as he put it, ''describing Asian criminals as Asian and their white victims as white. That's not a crime, that's the truth of the matter."[Griffin acquitted on race charges by CAROLYN CHURCHILL, Glasgow Herald, November 11 2006 ]
Having failed to convict Griffin of this non-crime under current anti-speech laws , at least two Labour politicians offered to change the laws, presumably to make them worse.
One of the politicians is the Home Secretary, John Reid, (whose office is similar an Attorney General) the other is the Chancellor Of The Exchequer, Gordon Brown, whose main jobs are Increasing Taxes, and Waiting For Tony Blair To Retire.
"Mainstream opinion in this country will be offended by some of the statements that they have heard made," he said.
"Any preaching of religious or racial hatred will offend mainstream opinion and I think we have got to do whatever we can to root it out, from whatever quarter it comes.
"If that means that we have to look at the laws again, I think we will have to do so."
John Reid, the Home Secretary, last night said he would "think carefully" about the need for changes to the legislation and consult ministerial colleagues.
However, Mr Reid maintained that defeating the "poisonous politics of race" could only be done by argument, politics and community engagement. [BNP verdict 'may change race laws', by RAYMOND HAINEY, The Scotsman, November 11, 2006 ]
Here's what Gordon Brown had to say in 1999 about multiculturalism in Britain:
I am here tonight because I passionately believe in a Britain which is multinational, multiracial and multicultural, a Britain which is not bland, uniform or monochrome but a Britain which is rich in colour, celebrates its diversity and indeed gains strength and unity from that diversity.
The Britain I believe in is a Britain where the British values of tolerance, fair play, openness and internationalism can become so powerful and pervasive that we can over time banish discrimination, cast aside prejudice, remove bias and outlaw racial hatred.[13th July 1999 SPEECH BY THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER, Gordon Brown AT THE LAUNCH OF THE COMMISSION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY'S LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE REVIEW]
Once again, we see "Diversity vs. Freedom. " You can either have the "British values" of tolerance, fair play, and openness (he's badly mistaken in thinking that "internationalism " is a British value--it's not even a Swiss value) or you can outlaw racial prejudice. And when that doesn't work, apparently, you can pass more laws.