Fascist is a word which is thrown around a lot by the left, mostly by people who haven't got a clue what the word means. They used to call me a 'fascist' at university. So it's somewhat ironic that a group called Unite Against Fascism uses fascist methods to shout down a press conference of a man who has just been elected by several hundred thousand people in a democratic election. That's what happened to Nick Griffin this morning. I can't abide what Griffin stands for and abhor his divisive rantings. But I would defend his right to utter them. That's what happens in a free, democratic society - we may not agree with what someone says but we will defend to the death their right to say it. Except Unite Against Fascism don't quite see it that way. They are the kind of people who believe in 'no platform' for people they disagree with. One of UAF's members actually said on TV today: " I believe in freedom of speech for everybody but fascists."
David Cameron has come in for some flak for signing up to their aims when they were formed in 2004. I haven't seen their aims and objectives, but no doubt most reasonable people would agree to sign up to a campaign against fascism - but when it takes the form of denying free speech, that's where lovers of democracy must bow out. On today's evidence Unite Against Fascism is nothing but a left wing front organisation whose belief in democracy is as skin deep as the people they purport to campaign against.