Last Saturday’s arrest of Paul Weston - chairman of the party Liberty GB and candidate in the 22 May European Elections in the South East - for quoting an anti-Islam passage by Churchill in Winchester, and the subsequent charge against him of Racially Aggravated Crime with a possible jail sentence of 2 years, have provoked many reactions.
Michael Coren interviewed Weston yesterday on the major Canadian national news channel SUN TV, ironically touching on his “Islamophobia” or, as Paul etymologically and aptly defined it, “an irrational fear of submission”. Coren was so incensed at this violation of the very freedom of speech that Churchill himself - and before him Alfred the Great from his seat in the same town of Winchester - established and defended, that he declared himself willing to defy arrest and quoted the full Churchill passage again on air.
The U.S. Fox News reported this news as a main story, adding that “There has been some backlash in the country over the arrest” and quoting Telegraph’s columnist Daniel Hannan:
Why should it fall to me to defend him? Where are the lion-hearted liberals who are so quick to denounce political arrests in distant dictatorships? I realise that "political arrest" is a strong phrase, but it's hard to think of any other way to describe a candidate for public office being taken into police custody because of objections to the content of his pitch.Hannan, despite being a political opponent of Liberty GB and seemingly ignoring a few truths about the reality of Islam, has complained to the Hampshire and Wight Commissioner about the case. He adds: “This is not the first time that the police have invented a right not to be offended, and chosen to elevate it over the basic freedoms we used to take for granted.”
Dozens upon dozens of American sources have reported and commented on the story. Dr. Bill Warner, Director of the Center for the Study of Political Islam, has taken inspiration from Weston’s example on how to be more effective in opposing totalitarian authority.
The Washington Times, perhaps not as famous as the Lefty Washington Post – which, like all Leftist media, has kept silent – but a high-circulation conservative paper, ran this:
Some of the numerous other international and British media outlets’ stories and comments: