Don’t cancel the queen-bashing cranks or disrespectful republicans

Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“Amid the national mourning that has followed the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a few queen-bashing cranks and disrespectful republicans have been censored or censured for expressing their views. On Sunday, police in Edinburgh arrested a 22-year-old woman outside St Giles’ Cathedral, where crowds had gathered to await the arrival of the queen’s coffin. She had been holding up a homemade cardboard placard which read, ‘FUCK IMPERIALISM — ABOLISH MONARCHY.’ … As a veteran republican myself, I appreciate that these sorts of people might look more like morons than martyrs to most. As a defender of free speech, however, I also believe that cancellation and censorship is no way to respond to their ranting and raving. The foul-mouthed anti-monarchy protesters in Edinburgh were doing what practitioners of student politics (of all ages) have always done: making a spectacle of themselves in the hope of sparking an outraged reaction.” (09/12/22)