There are lot of libertarians on the internet at the moment saying ‘We have to have free speech, so leave Jo Brand alone, just as we should leave Danny Baker and Count Dankula alone. Stop being a right-wing snowflake, butt out, and let people say what they want’. (See, for example, most of Spiked’s tweets in the last few days)
To which I say: how’s that workin’ out for ya? Baker was sacked by the BBC. Dankula was convicted by a court. Brand, on the other hand, was defended by the BBC. So forgive me for noting that that this sort of response practically hands victory to the left. Right-wingers will be sacked and hounded out of polite society, whereas left-wingers can say whatever they want. (As I’ve said before, double standards may be the only weapon the left needs.)
It’s all very well saying, ‘But Baker shouldn’t have been sacked’. Of course he shouldn’t have been, but he was. And more like him will be sacked as the left continues to have a free hand, unopposed by the right. The left will use its advantage ruthlessly here. So saying nothing about Brand’s comments is about the worst thing you can do. We have to speak up.
Of course it’s too simplistic just to say she should be sacked without any qualification. We have to go Kurt Schlichter: “These are the new rules. You made them. You force us to live by them. Now you have to do the same. Don’t like the new rules? Well, either we bring back the old rules, and everyone gets to keep their jobs, or we apply the new rules to you as well. See? Those old rules aren’t looking so so bad now, are they?” The pressure must be kept up, otherwise we’ll be slaughtered.
Also, it’s not just about Jo Brand. It’s about the BBC, and the fact that we are continually forced to pay money to them to be insulted and unrepresented. I’ve had enough, and I’m not just going to stand back and say “No worries, it’s all just free speech, let her say what she wants”.
Update: The other thing that’s grating is that for years so many of us have been polite about Jo Brand. Oh yes, she’s wonderful, we’ve said, so funny, pretending that she’s a marvellous talent and a great representative of modern women, just so we don’t seem like an old-fashioned sexist dinosaur, when all along it’s been obvious to us that she’s an unfunny, bitter and rancid old political hack. No more of that. She’s shit, and she’s always been shit, and let us never pretend again.
She’s basically just a pub gossip, with the occasional mildly amusing crack about someone or something, but that’s about the extent of it. She’s the union rep that somehow never has to do any work, and is always in the pub smoking a fag and stirring up trouble in the firm that pays her bills.
And can you imagine if someone vaguely right-wing had said something similar about a favourite of the luvvies, like Jess Philips, or Chuku Ummunna? That person would probably be in jail now. They’d never be able to appear in public again. They probably would be attacked with acid.
Update 2: It also turns out that Brand is a rank hypocrite and political operator. She played a major part in Carol Thatcher’s sacking from The One Show. Another leftist who plays for keeps.