Tuesday, February 17, 2009

how limeys are wetting their pants to avoid 'offending mohammedan sentiments'

feb 17th, 2009

http://www.economist.com/daily/news/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13130069&fsrc=nwl

in contrast, here's a story about a guy who stood up for freedom of speech.

http://www.economist.com/obituary/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13012615

slight personal digression:

i enjoyed 'rumpole of the bailey' on PBS, and i have read a couple of those books too. apparently mortimer, the author, was a pretty good lawyer and defender of free speech himself. i liked the rumpled rumpole character and his love of cheap plonk, as well as his fear of his wife, "She Who Must Be Obeyed". i remember him making facing at her while talking on the phone -- something he would never dare do in real life :-) i recommend the series. the actor leo mckern who played rumpole died a couple of years ago.

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