freedom of speech: an anecdote

September 15, 2006

Many years ago I was showing a film about London to a group of rough Algerian teenagers in an out of the way part of the Aurès mountains. I explained that Speakers’ Corner at Hyde Park was a place where anyone could go and make a speech on any topic they wanted to. One scruffy thirteen year old put up his hand and asked ‘Is that the only place in England where there is freedom of speech?’ The only thing I could think of was to tell him that it was the only place where you could normally guarantee an audience.

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