This country has a tradition of protecting free speech. It defends those whose views may offend. So the plight of Mr Inigo Wilson (pic) is one which should concern all those who cherish free speech. Inigo wrote a piece for ConservativeHome a few weeks ago in which he exposed "Leftyspeak". At the end of his article he compiled a Lexicon of Leftyspeak, which was slightly more entertaining than his original article. Before you read on, click HERE to read his article.
Guido has already written HERE about the Muslim Public Affairs Committee demanding that Wilson's employer, Orange, sack him. Orange have suspended Mr Wilson "pending an investigation", as Guido reports HERE. I should at this point explain that I do not know Mr Wilson, have never met him, or to the best of my knowledge spoken to him. But I am going to defend him.
I very much hope that Orange won't appease the self-styled Muslim Public Affairs Committee. Click HERE to see how they have whipped this up into something far bigger than it ever should be. So let's just inject some perspective...
Inigo Wilson's critics should read the whole article. It is an attack on the left's approach to language and the way language is used to shut down debate and promote a particular world view. His definitions of "class" "gender issues" and "race issues" should make it clear to anyone that he is absolutely opposed to stereotyping people collectively but thinks that "how they think, feel or behave as individuals" is rather more important. It's also intended to be satirical. Sadly, his opponents have proved his point for him by their reaction. This is now a serious issue about freedom of speech. Inigo was acting in his private capacity. Orange have a choice - are they on the side of Hezbollah-supporting fanatics (see Athena/A Murphy's posts on ConservativeHome at the end of the thread) - or are they on the side of freedom of speech? Is it still good to talk?
Do also check out THIS Wikipedia entry for the Muslim Public Affairs Committee which is behind the complaint to Orange. Even that bastion of free speech (not), the NUS has banned it from its platforms, apparently.
Let's wait to see what Orange do before we condemn them, but if you are an Orange customer and would like to vent your views to their Media Relations Director Stuart Jackson, here's his email - email@example.com.
UPDATE: The Muslim Public Affairs Committee describes itself on its website as "the UK's Leading Muslim civil liberties group, empowering Muslims to focus on non-violent Jihad..." Now call me old fashioned, but am I alone in finding the use of the word 'jihad' a little alarming? Perhaps Orange do too...