Free speech and British values

cropjaved1The 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?

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