In our Democratic process, the leader of the Party with the most seats in Parliament is asked to form a Government by Her Majesty, and so to run this Country of ours under a set of rules. The fact that Cameron sits in Number 10 by virtue of a Coalition with Clegg and his sandal-wearing numpties, is really a matter for him and his Party. But the Coalition is working, and despite rumbles in the undergrowth from a few of those same ‘numpties’, the deal seems to be working. Some if not all of the really stupid things brought in by Labour are being ditched, and who could argue with that?
However, Cameron must still learn his job description does not hold or have the power to make a Web Company change its direction in the publishing and promotion of its stock-in-trade. He might detest the very idea of glamourising the suicide of a man who killed, but it is the right of Facebook to continue hosting that page, notwithstanding the fact that Facebook obviously does not like the spotlight placed on one of its products.
That, and that alone, is the real argument. Should a private Company allow itself to be bullied into removing the page for Raoul Moat, or should it politely state that the opinions of its contributors are theirs alone, and they have every right to post them, however ludicrous, obscene or plain silly those opinions may be.
I do not consider Cameron to be a Right-wing politician, I think he may be a good Manager, but a ‘conviction’ politician he is not. He must get the very idea out of his head that, because the phone message emanates from No. 10, the recipient must jump to do his bidding! What Facebook is doing in the hosting of this particular page is, whilst possibly distasteful, is certainly not illegal, because all those statements are simply opinions.
In the course of my contributions to David’s blogsite, I have deleted a few comments upon my posts, mainly because the comments attacked the writer rather than the writing. I have stated that I will not tolerate obscenity, or personal attacks, and I believe I have kept to those tenets. Both on this blog and on my own site, I have always spoken my mind, and that is the nub of the argument against Cameron and his high-handed statements regarding the Facebook site. The Facebook commenters are placing their thoughts and beliefs in public, and as long as they do not incite violence or insurrection, they should continue to stay on that rather silly Facebook page.
Cameron has stated his position, regarding the sympathy for the dead and injured victims of Moat’s actions; he should perhaps realise that that is his opinion, and he should never attempt to censor or diminish the opinions of those who hold a different viewpoint.