January 15, 2016
From our new ‘There’s never a Reichstag fire around when you need one’ files
Paul Wood writes:
It’s pretty clear that the German political class is more scared of Germans than they are of Arabs.
All sorts of reasonable political opinions are no doubt being censored everywhere. An English barrister friend of mine, of unimpeachable respectability, got into trouble with Twitter for referring to “Muslim rape gangs.” Many other people say nothing on social media for fear of being informed on by their friends.
The police, unprepared on New Year’s Eve, were ready with water cannons to fire at PEGIDA when they protested about what had happened. And yet despite all this, hope creeps into my breast by degrees.
Despite it all, this crisis has shown us that freedom of speech and freedom of thought are not dead yet in Europe. They (the establishment, the cross-party liberal consensus, call it what you will) are not all-powerful.