Freedom of Speech in England – Description

We live in a world where Lady Chatterley’s Lover is an A Level text, and where documentaries about oral sex are shown on television. Even so, the battle for freedom of speech has not been won. More fiercely than ever in England, it rages on other fronts.

There are panics over the promotion of terrorism, and the alleged sexualisation of children. Above all, there is the official war on ‘hate.’ In the name of good community relations, or simply to protect minorities from being upset, whole areas of debate that once were free are now policed. Dissidents risk punishments that range between formal imprisonment and unemployability.

In this set of often controversial, essays, Sean Gabb puts the case for freedom of speech in the changed circumstances of today. His subjects include holocaust denial, pornography, the rights of BNP members, and the persecution of Emma West, the South London ‘Tram Lady."


  • Introduction
  • The Case Against Sex Censorship: A Conservative View (1992)
  • Obituary, David Alec Webb (2012)
  • Reflections on the Gary Glitter Case (1999)
  • On Golliwogs, One-Eyed Scottish Idiots, and Sending Poo through the Post (2009)
  • Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Humour: No Laughing Matter (2010)
  • Reflections on the Case of Subhaan Younis (2005)
  • How not to Stop the London Bombings: In Defence of Liberal Democracy (1999)
  • The Latest Shootings in America: An English View (2011)
  • Thoughts on Emma West: How to Argue with the Ruling Class (2011)
  • Emma Chamberlain and the Astor Theatre: How Dissidents are Treated in Modern England (2006)
  • On Conversing with the British National Party (2005)
  • More on the Persecution of the BNP (2007)
  • The British State v The BNP: The Post-Modern Tyranny of “Human Rights” (2009)
  • News from the British Police State: Equality by Decree! (2010)
  • Putting a Nail in the Fuse Box: The Persecution of the British National Party (2010)
  • John Stuart Mill, The BNP, and the U.K.’s Dying Democracy (2011)
  • Defending the Right to Deny the Holocaust—One (1996)
  • Defending the Right to Deny the Holocaust—Two (2007)
  • Review of a Press Licensing Bill (1993)
  • State Regulation of the British Press: So What? (2012)
  • End Matters

Keith Preston's pre-publication comment on this book: “Libertarians can perform no greater service to freedom and humanity than by coming to the defense of the indefensible. The greatest victories for liberty have been won by those who would champion the rights of the outcast and despised rather than the popular or sympathetic. Tyrants seek to strengthen their position as oppressors by means of attacking those who are commonly feared and hated. In this volume, Dr. Sean Gabb heroically speaks out against appalling violations of liberty that take place in modern day England. In past eras, authoritarian rulers and censors who would seek to destroy liberty did so in the name of protecting society from religious heretics. In the modern world, the authoritarians and censors have not gone away. They have simply reinvented themselves as righteous crusaders against pornography or racism. Dr. Gabb’s book brilliantly exposes the contemporary Inquisition for what it is.”

© 2011 – 2017, seangabb.

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