Monday 10 February 2014 6.17pm
I've just read the response Simon Hughes
sent me to an e-mail I sent disagreeing with the "Gagging Law".
Has anybody else had the same dubious privilege? I suppose now that he is in a government position it's to be expected, to an extent, that he'd toe the Coalition line – but when he says that the new Law does not "at any point control what anyone can say
" and instead "is only about restricting what people can spend
" he is missing the point by miles.
He goes on about how he believes those who use the term "gagging bill" are unfair and misleading, and that this Law was never intended to restrict freedom of speech.
I think that now there is precedent for the restriction of spending that could be construed as a restriction – by proxy – of freedom of speech; if you can't afford to speak up because you've already spent the amount you're 'allowed' to spend on speaking up against something else, how is that not restricting free speech?
The more I hear about this and other subjects from Simon Hughes
, the more uncomfortable I get about having voted for him in the past – and the more certain I get that I won't be doing it again.
Does anyone else have views?