…the celebrity signalled her distaste for the preferences and habits of the vast majority of ordinary Britons when asked: “what law would you change if you could?”.
Responding, the millionaire vegetarian stated: “I would make smoking illegal and I would ban the slaughter of animals for food or anything… make it illegal to smoke or eat meat.”
I find it surprising how readily people – in this case a rap artist – will call for more or less anything they disapprove of to be made illegal.
If nothing else Alesha Dixon has shown that she has no consideration whatsoever for those millions of people who eat meat and/or smoke cigarettes – which is probably almost everybody in Britain.
Only her own preferences count: nobody else’s. For her, it’s my way or the highway.
I don’t know anything about her, but since she’s a rapper I imagine that she’ll be of some sort of progressive-liberal disposition. She probably believes that global warming is a big problem as well.
The President of the European Parliament has told right-wing Hungary and Poland that they must accept liberal values or leave the bloc.
Guy Verhofstadt, who is also the parliament’s Brexit spokesman and leads its largest liberal bloc, said there was “no place” in the European Union (EU) for nations who elected right-wing governments to create “illiberal societies”.
“The European Union… was built to guarantee our citizens’ freedom, democracy and the rule of law. If the Hungarian and Polish governments want to build closed and illiberal societies, they must do it outside the EU,” he blasted Wednesday on Twitter.
Adding: “There is no place in our Union for countries who take EU money, who want to participate in the single market but who reject our shared values #ValuesFirst”
All this from someone whose European parliament voted for a European-wide smoking ban in 2009, complete with show trials for prominent offenders. How much more “illiberal” can you get? Who’s he to decry right-wing Hungarian and Polish polish politicians?
And since when has the EU had a set of “shared values” which all members must accept? Doesn’t that make the EU into something like a religion, with its own Credo and 10 Commandments? Isn’t it actually the case that people actually don’t have a common set of shared values, but a wide diversity of them? Isn’t politics all about negotiating some sort of balance between competing interests and values, rather than imposing a single orthodoxy on everybody.
In their separate ways Guy Verhofstadt and Alesha Dixon demonstrate the same intolerance of any dissent from their values. And it’s an intolerance which is driving more and more people away from supposedly progressive-liberal, but actually increasingly coercive, organisations like the EU.