I have often considered the simple truth that we no longer have ‘free speech’ in this benighted country of ours to be the best hidden, least understood, and of course least challenged fact of modern times. Consider the scanned photo of the ‘AA Gill Comment’ page of todays Sunday Times reproduced below. The simple mechanism used by Mr. Gill, alongside the willing Times Editorial staff does one thing, and one thing alone. That blank space demonstrates a story which the paper’s lawyers have successfully told their editorial colleagues must not be even referred to obliquely, but that silence, that ‘blank, empty space’ speaks with a louder voice than anything placed in print. It screams, it shouts, it hollers, louder and louder, that the Appeal Court Judges were, are, and will be held in the utmost contempt themselves if they do not reverse their injunction on Monday morning.
I doubt that there is a single person within England and Wales, with access to T’InternetWebThingy; who does not know, for a definite fact, who the two celebrities are who have successfully besmirched their so-called ‘Wedding vows’, and I also doubt if there are more than two who actually care about the olive-oil trysts, along with the unprotected anal sex, allegedly ‘demanded’ by that the junior member of that same ‘celebrity’ pair. Apart from the gross waste of olive oil, along with the detriment caused to the Capital’s sewage networks by the flushing of all that used oil down the drains; the only ‘damage’ is to the image of this allegedly ‘loving’ couple, whose ‘vows’ were splashed across the headlines and pages of the Gossip Magazines as though they were the ‘First Couple’, or some other celebrity status icon.
The solicitors who leapt to persuade this ‘couple’ that an injunction was the only way to go have obviously never heard of the Streisand Effect; and, as with Ryan Giggs, would have given better advice if they had told the ‘slippery one’ that he ought to keep his todger zipped up, and just lie back and enjoy the Furnishing. The Appeal Court mob ought to be shown, in detail, how the Internet actually works, and how their supposed injunctions do not even stretch across the Irish Sea!