Free Speech

Glaswegian’s tweet about Captain Tom was idiotic – but he shouldn’t face jail

BY Noel Yaxley   /  18 February 2021

“Liberty of any kind is never lost all at once.”

The author of these words was David Hume. Alongside Adam Smith, Hume was a hugely influential member of the Scottish enlightenment. But over recent years, those in power in Scotland seem to have forgotten Hume’s profound words.

It would appear that it is now a crime to share offensive remarks online. I am referring to a Scottish man who is alleged to have posted a message about the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore on Twitter.


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