Apologies, the force field that usually manages to maintain reality around here, even when quoting from The Guardian, seems to have failed for a few minutes this morning.
The facts and reactions are fine as they are if you’re the traditional sort of left wing authoritarian.
If you’re actually that rare breed, an actual civil libertarian then of course both governments are a bunch of cunts. Free speech is indeed free speech and whether you call an elected authoritarian shithead or a non-elected authoritarian shithead an authoritarian shithead it’s all part of that civil liberty.
Not that the governors of any society are all that happy with that version of civil liberty mind. Which is why that civil liberty has to be supported as indivisible: I get to call Cameron/May/Balls/Miliband a cunt so that you too get to call any one of them you don’t like the same. It doesn’t just apply to those you don’t like: it applies to others saying it about those you do too.
Good manners might prevent you doing so (although my lack of them obviously does not prevent me) but that law should not.