Because I’d rather the vileness was in the open than festering hidden – the ‘oxygen of publicity’ is far too Thatcherite a concept for me to embrace.
Because Bonnie Greer is a great woman, writer, speaker.
Because if I want Israel to talk to Hammas (and I do) then how can I say ‘we’ shouldn’t talk to ‘them’?
Because dialogue is ALWAYS the key.
Because they are a legal party – as such they do get a right to speak. If they are not legal then we ban them and they do their thing underground giving them more sensation and more power, but they ARE legal, and when they’re in the public eye then we know who and where they are.
Because it’s ‘them’ who want to ban things/people/ideas – not ‘us’!
Because yes, their leader is a pretty good speaker, and too damn plausible, and we really need to know what we’re dealing with.
Because censorship is not action, it’s reaction.
(though I’ll be at theatre & watching it later anyway …)
* and see? it’s even possible to talk about all of this without even saying the party name or that of the leader. hurrah!