As the official deadline for Britain to leave the European Union has come and gone without a hint of Brexit taking place, Parliament seems determined to override the will of the people and sound the death knell of freedom. Each week, Liberty Nation shines a light on the dark rumblings in the British Isles that portend the betrayal of Brexit.
Whether it is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) implying that southern border holding centers are akin to concentration camps or House Dems screaming at the skies for impeachment, you can rest easy at night knowing that the U.K. is dealing with far more craziness.
Debate has always been the hallmark of a democratic society, and when it is shut down or denied, the people suffer. In Britain, debate seems under attack like never before. This week has seen so many affronts to democracy, shameful posturing, and illiberal antics that we’ll give you a smattering of each to get the overall flavor. Bon appetit!
Some Speech Is More Equal Than Others
The Guardian, Britain’s newspaper of note – read by the Great and Good alone – advanced the cause of censorship once more in an article describing how certain types of debate should never see the light of day.
“For public dialogue to make any progress, it is important to recognize when a particular debate has been won and leave it there,” writes Martha Gill. As examples, she cited women being tried for witchcraft and whether ethnic minorities should be allowed to go to university. Yet this argument falls flat because nobody is debating these points anymore.
It is difficult not to get the impression that Ms. Gill is referring to such subjects as climate change or the benefits of mass immigration but lacks the courage to state them openly. One thing is for sure, when debate stops, the forces of darkness win.
No Vote on Pet Projects
The House of Commons on June 24 passed a change to a 2018 law that ensures Britain is committed to being a net-zero carbon nation by 2050. Conservative estimates suggest two outcomes:
- This will cost the U.K. more than one trillion pounds.
- It will have net-zero impact on global carbon emissions.
So, this commitment is not only wildly expensive but also fatally ineffective. What’s worse, it went through Parliament without a vote. The magnitude of this cannot be underestimated.
Brexit, three years past the vote with nothing actually happening, has faced a multitude of votes on every single aspect of its implementation, with fierce debates and motions won or lost by a single vote. However, the net-zero initiative did not face a single reading. Even the greatest of Brexit doomsayers dare not suggest that leaving the European Union would cost the economy one trillion pounds, so why no vote on this?
Is Britain about to pay for the world’s most expensive virtue signal?
No Room for Debate
A Scottish teenager has been suspended from school for three weeks for daring to suggest that there are only two genders. During a class on “personal and social education,” the teacher allegedly showed a website that stated there were only two genders. According to the teen, the teacher then said that this was “old fashioned.”
Upon disagreeing, the teen was removed from class for 30 minutes and subsequently – after trying to debate the point about the number of genders – was suspended from school.
The response of the teacher appears to be that school authority is the final word on what is right and wrong and, more importantly, on what can be discussed in a supposed institute of learning. “You made a point that was contrary to policy” now seems to be grounds for removing a child from “education.”
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