Friday, 12 November 2010

lapidation

The Tory councillor who tweeted this has apparently been arrested.  This is a disgrace.  Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, possibly the most annoying person in the UK media, although she is paid to be annoying, should intervene and ask for this nonsense to be stopped.  But I would be surprised if she did.  The Tory concerned has been suspended from the party, so you will not find much Tory comment on the subject.  What I think is worth pointing out, aside from the freedom of speech implications - if people were offended by this it does not matter, offensiveness is not a ground for sanctions, legal or other - is that Alibhai-Brown has said publicly that there should be no protest to Iran about the stoning sentence it has handed down but not yet, as far as we know,  carried out.  That too is a disgrace.  And offensive.  If a stoning happened in the UK would she think that was OK?  And if not why is it OK in Iran?  Human rights are universal.  If they are not they do not exist.  Pure and simple.  OK Yasmin?  Let's hear from you.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Y A B has said that she is supporting - or would support - a prosecution of incitement to murder.

jane said...

that's arse

Anonymous said...

No it's not. Although he was "only joking" he has advocated that someone should be stoned to death.

Anonymous said...

For the record, the most annoying person in the British Media is Johann Hari - and it's a strong field. YAB clearly in the top three, though.

Anonymous said...

Bollocks. It is Cassandra Jardine.

Anonymous said...

Hmm, as things go it's not really in the Cat Stevens category is it?

(And she is an annoying little doris.)

Augustus Carp said...

You are both wrong. It is William Rees Mogg.

Anonymous said...

No. Come on. It is Shami Chakrabati.

Hands down and with fluffy ducks on.