Tory MP’s own website blocked by porn filter she advocated

This is highly ironic, as it appears that the MP, who campaigned for the introduction of webfilters has been almost hoisted by her own petard. I say ‘almost’ as she wasn’t blocked by something that she’d introduced herself, but by filters that already existed. Of course the irony is not lost on Mr Pride, whose own site has been the victim of internet censorship for containing ‘adult content’. This is a catch-all category that appears to lump mature political discussion with porn. It’s a neat way of smearing a political opponent, who’s saying something you don’t like. And clearly, whoever tried to censor Tom Pride really didn’t like what he was saying. I’ve no doubt t6o many Conservatives Left-wing argument and political opinion is equivalent to pornography. The Daily Mail perceives both as a dangerous threat to public order, which should be duly stamped out by the country’s moral guardians. This shows you the dangers of such internet censorship, and how even organisations dedicated to helping and protecting people can be blocked by it.

Pride's Purge

(not satire!)

Claire Perry, the MP – who strongly campaigned for the introduction of website filters to internet websites – has had her website blocked by the same filters.

This of course neatly illustrates what some of us were saying about this stupidest of stupid ideas by David Cameron over a year ago.

Apart from the fact that anyone who wants to look at porn can easily get round the filters – and the fact that there are even free applications available now for your tablet or phone to help you do just that automatically – organisations that help to protect children such as ChildLine, the NSPCC and the Samaritans have also had their websites blocked by the filters.

For a long time I’ve been thinking the UK has become a perfect example of a Plutocracy – rule by the rich – or perhaps it might be a good…

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