On 15 Oct 2017 at 1:15pm NoToHate wrote:
Hate Speaker Katie Hopkins has been invited to speak unchallenged at the Lewes Speakers Festival. Such invitations give legitimacy to a racist bigot.
On 15 Oct 2017 at 3:07pm Earl of Lewess wrote:
Free speech is worth nothing if we silence everyone we find objectionable. Let her try and explain herself - she won't get an easy ride in Lewes. I presume there'll be an opportunity to ask difficult questions.
On 15 Oct 2017 at 3:13pm Matthew Hopkins wrote:
Verily she hath a witches mark
On 15 Oct 2017 at 3:15pm endoftheouse wrote:
Brilliant. Where can I buy the tickets? That's the Christmas jolly in Lewes sorted.
On 15 Oct 2017 at 3:22pm NoToHate wrote:
Yes but how much of an opportunity? A few minutes questions at the end?
The focus of her talk will be trying to legitimise herself and promote her new book. So questions about her bigotry could easily be characterised as irrelevant to what she has talked about.
Far better, surely, to have her debate someone who can challenge her views properly?
On 15 Oct 2017 at 4:06pm Jake wrote:
Completely agree with noToHate. I'll not be attending the Lewes Speakers Festival.
On 15 Oct 2017 at 4:52pm Non-racist, non bigot wrote:
Feel free to email the organiser here: LewesSpeakersFestival.com
On 15 Oct 2017 at 5:10pm NoToHate wrote:
Or, even better, try the actual email address:
On 15 Oct 2017 at 5:14pm No to Popery wrote:
Wot abaht that then ?
On 15 Oct 2017 at 5:27pm Anthony Hopkins wrote:
I’ll be first in line, armed with (metaphorical) rotten vegetables and some (literal) penetrating questions. Although perhaps the juxtaposition of ‘Katie Hopkins’ and ‘penetrating’ is even less appealingly than the rotten vegetables.
On 15 Oct 2017 at 6:10pm LadyGrinningSoul wrote:
Sadly I'm away that weekend...
Wondering if perhaps some of the good folks of Friars Walk could be encouraged to display large posters of some of her most memorable quotes?
On 15 Oct 2017 at 6:12pm Tinkler wrote:
Thing is,if you make a big deal about it you will give her more publicity and she will sell more books. I have to agree that she seems out of place on the bill with all the others who are writers rather than provocateurs.
On 15 Oct 2017 at 6:21pm Quillam wrote:
She works for 5. Recruited out of Intelligence Corps to discredit nationalist and demotic movements. Very good at her job don't you think?
On 15 Oct 2017 at 7:37pm Old Malling wrote:
I’m all for free speech but Katie Hopkins just says provocative and offensive things to further her own career. I’m not supporting that under any circumstances.
On 15 Oct 2017 at 9:37pm We'vehadourfun wrote:
@notohate. 'hate speaker' is using the language ( badly) of these bigots. Speak good English, it comes across much much better.
On 16 Oct 2017 at 1:06am Closed borders wrote:
Do what they did at Brunel Uni, turn your back and walk out, then the ones that agree with a lot of what she says can listen, without you.
On 16 Oct 2017 at 6:24am Fruitfly wrote:
This event had been really poorly publicised, until now
On 16 Oct 2017 at 9:00am bobobob wrote:
She's an attention seeking child. I doubt she agrees with what she says half the time.
Think the festival has made a poor choice. Rather see our MP give a talk and answer questions. Someone with some genuine beliefs even if I disagree with them.
On 16 Oct 2017 at 10:16am Excuse Me wrote:
Oh the HYPOCRISY of these posters!
Lewes has a strong background of free speech and independent thought, yet past Lewesians would not recognise the town now due to the narrow minded attitude of people that have adopted the town as their own.
On 16 Oct 2017 at 1:27pm Billy wrote:
According to the Argus, the organisers are considering cancelling her appearance because they don't want to upset the people of Lewes.
Oh dear, let's wrap the poor lilly livered darlings in cotton wool. I bet if she was Black, Asian, Lesbian, etc it would have been different. Pathetic.
On 16 Oct 2017 at 1:54pm A Person wrote:
Hopkins makes her living by peddling hate and bigotry, and this booking allows no challenge. It's simply a way of selling her book. I would have no objection to her appearing as part of a mixed panel or even sharing the stage with someone who can pull her up short in an interview. Letting her loose on her own is a bad mistake, especially if it mostly contributes to her bank account.
On 16 Oct 2017 at 3:34pm NoToHate wrote:
Who says this forum isn't relevant?
Check it out here »
On 16 Oct 2017 at 3:54pm Aphat Bosterd wrote:
Got my ticket. Can't wait. I'll be treating it as a comedy evening. I've heard worse up the Con Club.
On 16 Oct 2017 at 5:22pm Clifford wrote:
Rosa Luxemburg: 'Freedom only for the supporters of the government, only for members of one party – however numerous they may be – is no freedom at all. Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. Not because of any fanatical concept of ‘justice’ but because all that is instructive, wholesome and purifying in political freedom depends on this essential characteristic, and its effectiveness vanishes when ‘freedom’ becomes a special privilege.'
On 16 Oct 2017 at 5:44pm Outed wrote:
@NoToHate - Newell Fisher is back then
On 16 Oct 2017 at 6:02pm BHAFC1 wrote:
Why is it that you never see those such as NoToHate protesting against the Islamist extremists in our midst whose one desire is to see our chidden blown apart at a pop concert?!
On 16 Oct 2017 at 6:31pm endoftheouse wrote:
Luckily BHAFC1 we have the FLA.
On 16 Oct 2017 at 7:30pm A Person wrote:
Oh gosh, I didn't realise we had a speaker from ISIS in the festival as well. That's really shocking. Katie Hopkins and Osama Bin Laden! Goodness.
On 16 Oct 2017 at 7:49pm NoToHate wrote:
I have no idea what you mean
On 16 Oct 2017 at 7:51pm NoToHate wrote:
Ah the FLA. A bunch of unreconstructed racist hooligans masquerading as patriots. A disgrace to their gender.
On 16 Oct 2017 at 8:57pm Nostalgic wrote:
Is any one else old enough to remember when free speech was a left issue and censorship was conservative?
On 16 Oct 2017 at 9:45pm Sensership wrote:
@Nostalgic that was when leftwing views were silenced and conservatives wanted to tell other grown adults what they could watch on television. The same people who defend Hopkins' right to say gratuitously nasty things as some kind of cornerstone of British values would have a fit if they invited any Islamist speakers, or anyone who bashed the Queen, the armed forces, or Christianity. You're the hypocrites
On 16 Oct 2017 at 10:11pm endoftheouse wrote:
A FLA chant for you Newell Fisher. "Where's Your apples gone" "Where's your apples gone" "Where's your apples gone" "Where's your apples gone" "Far Far Away"
On 16 Oct 2017 at 10:45pm Simon wrote:
How is it that this piece of media sh*t been given a platform to promote her book and views. Surely Sussex deserves better than this. She peddles her hate filled speech every time a microphone is place too near to the cavern she calls a mouth. Shame on the organisers for the invite.
On 16 Oct 2017 at 11:14pm NoToHate wrote:
@endofthehouse Thanks for providing a perfect example of the mentality of knuckle dragging pond scum such as yourself