"Offensive Jokes" BBC Radio 4 A Point of View

We must feel free to express opinions and to make jokes that others may find offensive; censoring them them only leads to a loss of reasoned argument.


The policing of the public sphere with a view to suppressing 'racist' opinions has caused a kind of public psychosis, a sense of having to tip-toe through a minefield, and to avoid all the areas where the bomb of outrage might go off in your face.

Listen to the full programme on BBC Radio 4's Point of View tonight (Friday 6th November) at 8.50pm or again on Sunday morning at 8.48am

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