Bow Group Senior Patron, Ann Widdecombe, on Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn wants to deny me the right to free speech, says ANN WIDDECOMBE

DURING a recent radio interview I was asked about Jeremy Corbyn's view that Channel Five should not have aired my views, expressed on Celebrity Big Brother, about gay rights. I had no idea that he had said any such thing but I trawled the net and yes, he told Gay Times that my views should not have been aired.

So now we have proof from his own mouth that the man is not just a Marxist but is an out-and-out totalitarian.

One of the reasons I survived to become runner-up on the said reality programme was that people were endorsing free speech in a society which increasingly suppresses any view that contradicts state orthodoxy.

It is one thing for Corbyn to say he disagrees, nay fiercely disagrees, with everything I said but quite another to suggest I should not have been allowed to say it and that the airwaves should broadcast only those opinions of which he approves.

That of course is how Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany operated and how North Korea and China operate today. Let no opinion be heard which challenges that which the state endorses. It is appalling that a leader of a major party in a democratic country can trot out such views and for there to be no outcry.

Increasingly universities "no platform" people whose views some find offensive but now it seems that under Corbyn no view would be heard other than the officially approved.

That of course is how Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany operated and how North Korea and China operate today.

Let no opinion be heard which challenges that which the state endorses. It is appalling that a leader of a major party in a democratic country can trot out such views and for there to be no outcry.

Increasingly universities "no platform" people whose views some find offensive but now it seems that under Corbyn no view would be heard other than the officially approved.

He didn't actually threaten censorship of the media but it was the logical conclusion of what he was saying.

I know many gays who themselves share my views on gay marriage. Should they also be kept off the airwaves? I will debate with anybody: with pro-abortion speakers, people who believe drugs or prostitution should be legalised, holocaust deniers and atheists and I do not believe for one moment that their views should not be aired, however strongly I hate what they say.

For that matter I hate a lot of what Corbyn says but I will, to quote the old maxim, defend to the death his right to say it. Let us hear his defence of Sinn Féin or Hamas and then let us destroy it. That is what is known as freedom. What a pity that is a courtesy he would deny to me and to so many citizens of the nation he aspires to lead.

 The original article can be found at - https://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/ann-widdecombe/934940/jerem...

Date: 
Friday, March 23, 2018