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  1. “And who decides what the right sort of target is?”
    I guessed the conclusions of Mr.Hislop’s article immediately on reading the headline, and was expecting him to write something like ‘Humour is fine provided it’s deployed in the right cause’, in which I wasn’t disappointed. Change the words ‘humour’ and ‘jokes’ to ‘free speech’…

  2. “It was HL Mencken, the great American satirist, who said we should afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.”

    No it wasn’t. It was Finley Peter Dunne, and it wasn’t an instruction or recommendation; he was mocking the self-importance of newspapers and the journalists who wrote for them.

    Mencken did say that “What men value in this world is not rights but privileges,” though. Which seems somehow appropriate.

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