“the dry language of a bureaucrat’s warning” …

MUST READ – Trevor Phillips: How I fell victim to Labour’s inquisition

The party’s investigation of me for alleged Islamophobia shows it’s becoming an authoritarian cult

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/trevor-phillips-how-i-fell-victim-to-labours-inquisition-9gg9qjk8f

Trevor Phillips

He sums up: “In essence, after more than 30 years of promoting the Labour cause, I am accused of heresy, and threatened with excommunication.

It would be a tragedy if, at the very moment we most need a robust and effective opposition, our nation had to endure the spectacle of a great party collapsing into a brutish, authoritarian cult.”

Brendan O’Neill, editor of spiked, writes …

People are no longer trusted to see truth from falsehood; it is no longer believed that, in Milton’s words, the public’s ‘knowledge thrives by exercise’. Rather, the public is viewed as the child-like victim of false claims, of media manipulation, of awesomely powerful advertising, and other forces likely to warp our minds and fill us up with misinformation. Thus we must be protected from the consequences of freedom of speech and be given ‘the truth’.

Everything the new elites say in favour of truth is called into question, shot down in fact, by their instinctive and increasingly institutionalised hostility to the freedom of contradiction and ridicule and blasphemy against their ideals.