People are free to oppose slogans


Changing any law, or constitution, or state policy, like an election, means an open political debate — no matter what the content — any firm or citizen may freely choose to fund or ignore or aid or oppose any proposal or candidate.

Free Speech is a sacred value and right. And a necessity for any flourishing democracy. Persons who are Muslim [or Roman Catholic or Trotskyites] have rights, and they are entitled to what Sen George Mitchell called ‘Parity of Esteem’ to Equal treatment, but not their ideas, not Islam as such [or Roman Catholicism or Trotskyism]. All ideas, and systems, and structures are, and must remain, open to robust and unfettered public debate. On cakes or TV.

Tom Carew,

Dublin, 6