It is a truth universally acknowledged that the left will say or do anything in order to score a point. Maybe this isn’t actually universally acknowledged, to use the famous Jane Austen phrase, but it should be. They are relentless.
So conservatives and liberty-friendly people everywhere have to hone their debating skills. Never assume that an assertion made by the left that sounds factual is in fact, well, based on fact. A classic example comes courtesy of the British Parliament and Tory Prime Minister David Cameron. A Labour MP castigates him for having an advisor who intends to torch that most sacred of cows, the National Health Service. Trouble is, this individual never worked for Cameron but for the previous, and Labour, government. An absolute classic-enjoy!
After several days of destructive riots throughout the UK, British Prime Minister David Cameron is practically tripping over himself in his eagerness to sacrifice liberty for security. In a speech before an emergency session of Parliament today, Cameron highlighted concern over rioters’ use of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter:
…when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them. So we are working with the Police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality. I have also asked the police if they need any other new powers.
Exactly what kind of government censorship of social media Cameron has in mind is unclear, but he went on to urge Twitter, Facebook, and Blackberry to remove messages that might incite further unrest across the country. British Home Secretary Theresa May is reportedly meeting with all three companies to discuss their “responsibilities” in light of the UK riots. Twitter has steadfastly refused to bow to government pressure to shut down the rioters’ accounts or delete their Tweets, referring to a blog post written by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and General Counsel Alex McGillivray earlier this year, near the start of the Arab Spring: More