Sunday, January 02, 2005

Stifling free speech is honourable

Here is Labour trying to win Moslem votes again:

From The Sunday Times:

Among those rewarded for services to “gender issues” and “diversity” — as well as hairdressing, cleaning, typing and even ping pong — in the new year honours list is an intriguing cove who has not received the attention he so richly deserves: please meet Syed Abdul-Aziz Pasha OBE, as he now is.

The founder of the Union of Muslim Organisations has been rewarded “for services to race relations”. Hmm. He led a campaign to ban The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. Even by Labour’s dexterous reasoning, it is a tad unclear how this service enhanced “race relations”.