The road from Magna Carta to 21st century freedom of speech online leads through a little corner of Hyde Park: Speakers’ Corner. Culture Secretary Sajid Javed told us how he had been shown Speakers’ Corner as a ten year old. A recently arrived relative pointed out to him that Britain was lucky to have such a place, and Pakistan did not. The young Javed was more interested in getting an icecream, but he remembered the message about the value of free speech. A couple of hecklers wanted to shout him down with complaints about the lack of toilets at the revamped Speakers’ Corner but why shouldn’t the minister have his say?
Free speech and British values
19th June 2014