Internet Porn: first they came for our filth, then they came for our freedom

...no one should be forced back to the dark ages...freedom of speech....Voltaire said....er...big norks are great.....
…no one should be forced back to the dark ages…freedom of speech….Voltaire said….er…big norks are great…..

So Dave wants to restrict easy access to porn on the internet.  He’s not banning it, just requiring an active ‘opt in’. That could be embarrassing in some households**, $$.

Plenty of objections it seems, emanating from a mix of  libertarians (and libertines probably), and various patronising geeks who think that only they ‘get’ the internet thing.  There is also a sprinkling of lefties who should probably be applauding Dave, given their objections to Page 3, which one suspects are entirely insincere. It’s a strange world where just because child porn etc is universally acknowledged as evil, access to every other …um..”specialist areas”…is de facto alright, and when you think about it, is really a human right, and should be defended as such.

To my mind there are two main groups of objectors here:

1. People who  genuinely see this as an attack on freedom of speech, expression etc

2. People who are worried that they may lose their own easy access to porn.

Strangely, all the complainants seem to be putting themselves in the first category, principled warriors for free speech, all of them. Personally  I think it’s a bit rich to imply that the freedom to watch gangbanging grannies is on a par with the right to, say, express politically inconvenient views. One has been available for about 15-20 years, maximum, the other is as old as human civilization. To quote a particularly boneheaded effort from The Independent:

Do we want to live in a nanny state?

The basis of Mr Cameron’s argument is that people should have to make a conscious decision to watch pornography. But civil liberties groups take the opposite approach and accuse him of hypocrisy. It was Mr Cameron who used to decry Labour’s nanny state.

Anyway, my advice is that when you next see some high minded defender of our immemorial freedoms having a go at Dave about this one, it’s wise to assume that they’re in category 2 above. Especially if they’re lefties.     W*****s.

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I thought I’d cite examples of the above as they crop up:

1. Various Tom Watson tweets/retweets eg. “I guess Lynton Crosby doesn’t represent any internet porn sites.”

2. Something (typically) called the Open Rights Group

3. Somebody called ‘Mic’ Wright at Telegraph blogs. Note typically arch name spelling and pretentious photo.

4. Willard Foxton (??), a few weeks ago

5. Delingpole ‘fesses up. At least he’s open about it.

6. Hard to know what ‘Mic’ is trying to say with this one.

7. Delingpole again, ends up with a line not dissimilar to this post’s title

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** Great summary by Jan Moir

$$ Remarkably good article in the Guardian, of all places, by Deborah Orr

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One thought on “Internet Porn: first they came for our filth, then they came for our freedom

  1. Dave as Mary Whitehouse. Yes, I can see the hat fitting.

    I just can’t stand someone saying “It’s ok for me to look at this because I am morally stronger than you. I will then let you know whether you can look at it.”

    Jeez, when we had the cases in the ’60s and ’70s I thought that was the end of it. Yes, I did read Last Exit to Brooklyn and I’m rather glad I did.

    But since Blair we seem to have lost eight hundred years of progress in 20.

    Some (otherwise decent) young parents passionately believe that bringing up their children is the responsibility of Blair, Brown or Cameron/Clegg (in the guise of the State) – can any mature person believe this is a Good Thing?

    Furthermore, in real life we will find that many households have opted in to pornography, albeit the adults in the house are blissfully ignorant, and anyway uncaring.Dave

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