February 20th, 2006



I was hoping the runny nose/sore throat that afflicted me yesterday would be gone by now.

Sadly, work is far too urgent at the mo for me to take a day off and be grumpy at home, so I'll have to do it at work, despite shivering having kept me awake until 1am...

In the interests of avoiding hypocrisy

I'd like to make it clear that I'm totally, utterly 100% against the jailing David Irving for denying The Holocaust..

This is for two reasons. 
One of them is less important - he recanted fifteen years ago. 
The other is summed up by the person he unsuccessfully sued for libel "I am not happy when censorship wins, and I don't believe in winning battles via censorship... The way of fighting Holocaust deniers is with history and with truth."

Locking people up for expressing an opinion is something I find totally repellent, _no matter what that opinion might be_.  Unless the person is actively inciting others to commit harmful acts, I believe they should have freedom to express themselves as they wish.