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Before getting into this, in my next post, there’s just one a quick point that needs making.
Like many who value free expression, I’m more or less happy to tackle anything, even subjects that some consider to be taboo, which is where this story all begins, but even I recognise that there are reasonable limits to free expression, particularly when it comes to libel and incitement to violence.
If someone wishes to contend that the image is ‘racist’ then feel free to do so. I happen to disagree strongly and can articulate why I take this view, which seem to rather more than some people can manage. However it’s not gone unnoticed that a small minority of idiots have taken their views a bit further that that are are talking about ‘Labour racism’ and implying, if not stating directly, that either I or Bob Piper are personally racist - which is where the line into libel is being crossed.
I really would much prefer to keep the debate civil and discuss the issues here, of which there are many that deserve consideration, but if anyone does wish to make unfounded allegations about my personal character then, reluctantly, I will have to ‘lawyer-up’ and start treating some of the comments and the misuse of the image out of context rather more seriously that I’d like to.
I stress that this is only because of the all too obvious inability of some to discuss the issues it raises seriously and without making libellous comments.
I will make one thing clear, to prevent this getting out of hand, the image is question is subjetc to copyright and in not, unlike most of the content on this blog, made available for use by others under the usual creative commons licence. Any use of the image is subject to express permission from myself. I’m not intending to remove the image from this blog at this time, in the hope that once the current artificial furore has died down, it may be possible to a facilitate the genuine debate that I have aiming to spark off all along, but if that becomes impossible due the current witch hunt against Bob Piper, I will have to do just that, and an opportunity to hold a serious discussion around issues of race, ethnicity and identity and its relationship with current political culture will have been lost.
I have noticed that a few sites are displaying the image and will contacting all of them to ask that it be removed, immediately.
This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 England & Wales License.
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