Soundbytes: Thursday 12th February

Soundbytes:

VE Day 70th anniversary to be marked with three days of national celebration

Lib Dems reveal front page of Manifesto

Nigel Farage: No coalition with any of the main political parties

On this day:

On this day in 2001 postmen in Ireland were no longer allowed wear above the knee shorts as they were deemed ‘excessively erotic’.

Daily Thatcherite:

“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”

Soundbytes: Friday 6th February

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On this day: 

On this day in 1918 Women first permitted to vote in elections, the first opportunity was 14th of December 1918.

Daily Thatcherite: 

“The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build”

To celebrate The Margaret Thatcher Centre’s Inaugural Ronald Reagan Lecture we thought we would give you a bonus, Reagan quote today:

The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become

Soundbytes: Thursday 5th February

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On this day: 

“They’re flurry, they collect rubbish…” on this day in 1973 the Wombles arrived to BBC One

Daily Reaganite: 

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”

Soundbytes: Tuesday 3rd February

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On this day: 

On this day in 1901 the state funeral of Queen Victoria took place

Daily Reaganite: 

“Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.”

Soundbytes: Monday 2nd February

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On this day: 

On this day in 1943, the last German troops in the Soviet city of Stalingrad surrender to the Red Army, ending one of the pivotal battles of World War II.

Daily Thatcherite: 

“I can’t bear Britain in decline, I just can’t.”

Marina Muttik: the unwelcome demise of Page 3

A fantastic article by YBF activist Marina Muttik. Marina is a student at the University of Bristol.

Less than two weeks after the shock of the Charlie Hebdo attack when a radical group tried to impose their religious and moral standpoint upon the western press; The Sun have so graciously backed this by giving in to the radical feminist movement, No More Page 3, and censoring images that did not conform to their moral standpoint. Good show of giving in to who shouts loudest.

While nowhere near as severe as the Hebdo attack, it comes down to the same thing – Freedom of press and speech being undermined by those who claim to somehow speak for all of us. It’s these little things that chip away at the freedom of the press from the bottom up that harm us, because we do not see them. Of course, as a group they are equally entitled to their opinion; but as former Page Three girl Chloe Goodman says, who are they to tell other women how to live, undermining the whole premise of the original feminist movement who worked together to get women the vote.

Page Three girls are being described as exploited victims, women who don’t oppose Page Three as ‘in fear’ and somehow its existence is supposedly linked with rape and domestic abuse. Now if I know anything about equality, putting other women down and condemning all men as uncontrolled pigs is not it. There are far bigger and important issues that radicals could be focusing on rather than one page in one newspaper.

Never mind the fact that Page Three, in the grand scheme of things, is not all that different to porn; the half naked men in Calvin Klein adverts; nude sculptures or art (many of a sexual nature); or even the choices everyone makes in how they choose to dress every day. As a free market, the people choose what sells, whether it’s The Sun or rather skimpy boxers, and the free market will provide it. Page Three has existed since 1970, and the fact it’s in a national newspaper makes no difference – you have the liberty to not buy it.

So what has this censoring achieved exactly by dressing up Page Three girls in bras? The simple answer is nothing. People will just look elsewhere for their pleasures, the antis will still complain of it objectifying and demeaning women and people will continue to be more and more offended by the press. We shouldn’t just focus on the big Hebdo type issues when they come up, and nor should we surrender to things that continue to undermine our freedom and logic.

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Hero and Zero of the week

This week’s Hero and Zero courtesy of YBF activist, Stephen Hoffmanzero-to-hero

ZEROS OF THE WEEK – SHARIF KOUACHI, SAID KOUACHI AND HAMYD MOURAD

This week the world has been shaken by vile terrorist attacks including in Yemen, Nigeria and most shockingly of all in Paris, at the offices of satirical left wing anarchist magazine Charlie Hebdo.  The publication paid the ultimate price for standing up for freedom of expression when satirising Islam and Mohammed.

Those killed included two police officers, the editor of Charlie Hebdo, Stephane Charbonnier and three cartoonists known by the pen names Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous. Cartoons are a great way to freely express views and yes cause offence, nobody was ever killed by a cartoon. Yet these Islamists took it upon themselves to try and shut down the idea of freedom of speech and try to show that the sword is mightier than the pen. We cannot let this happen

Dishonourable mention goes to the British press who spoke well on the importance of free speech and free expression, yet refused to publish the cartoon. This allows the mistaken impression that the sword is mightier than the pen.

HEROS OF THE WEEK- ALL THOSE WHO WORK FOR CHARLIE HEBDO

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Charlie Hebdo is a satirical magazine, which has frequently poked fun at Christianity and Islam. Since it poked fun at Islam in 2011 it has faced death threats and firebombs. They have stood as a reminder of the values of freedom of speech and freedom of expression that we take too often for granted. Some have blamed their cartoonists for being provocative and offensive, forgetting that this is the whole point of a satirical magazine. Let’s never limit freedom of speech.

JE SUIS CHARLIE HEBDO!

Honourable mention goes to Alex Deane. Alex is a YBF Director, previously the Director of Big Brother Watch, Chief of Staff to David Cameron and is now the head of Public Affairs at FTI Consulting. He wrote a great article for City AM why in response to the barbaric Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks we must cherish and hold on to our valuable freedoms not give a victory to the terrorists. You can read Alex’s fantastic article here.

 

Right-Click (Friday, 2nd December 2011)

Right Click: Today’s Top Stories

On this day…

1852: Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, France’s first ever directly-elected president, proclaimed himself Emperor Napoléon III, thus also making him France’s last ever monarch

Daily Reaganite

“We in government should learn to look at our country through the eyes of the entrepreneur, seeing possibilities where others see only problems.”

Daily Dose of Thatcherism

“we believe in turning workers into owners.”

Remember

  • Time is fast running out for you to join Eric Pickles, Gerald Howarth, Dan Hannan and 30 other leading conservative speakers from 9-11 December 2011 at St Anne’s College, Oxford for YBF8

 

Right-Click (Thursday, 1st December 2011)

Right Click: Today’s Top Stories

On this day…

1420: English King Henry V entered Paris after defeating the French Army

Daily Reaganite

“Terrorism is the cynical, remorseless enemy of peace, and it strikes most viciously whenever real progress seems possible.”

Daily Dose of Thatcherism

“Many of our troubles are due to the fact that our people turn to politicians for everything.”

Remember

  • Time is fast running out for you to join Eric Pickles, Gerald Howarth, Dan Hannan and 30 other leading conservative speakers from 9-11 December 2011 at St Anne’s College, Oxford for YBF8