Cameron Tries to Tame Internet, Porn
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  • ljgude

    So Cameron has joined the Don Quixote school of Social Conservatism.

  • wigwag

    On October 7, 2011, Professor Mead assured his loyal readers that Prime Minister Cameron was “A Man with a Plan.” Our intrepid host could barely contain his enthusiasm as he explained that like his predecessors, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, the new Prime Minister was working to put the “Great” back in Great Britain and he was bravely willing to assume any political risk to do it.

    Professor Mead explained that,

    “Britain has had four serious prime ministers since World War Two: Clement Attlee, Winston Churchill (great even in decline), Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. They were right about some things and wrong about others, but they each made a big difference in Britain and in the wider world. The current tenant at Number 10 Downing Street, David Cameron, has made it clear that he wants to join their number..”

    To be skeptical of the plans of this new colossus, striding boldly and confidently on the international scene, was, Professor Mead insisted, to be backwards looking and ignorant.

    “All the mediocrities in Britain will be in a confederacy against these plans, and it is risky for the Prime Minister to shake things up while governing through a coalition which could fissure. But this Prime Minister is a rare thing: A leader with a vision for the future and the courage to stick to it.”

    For the better part of the past two years, Professor Mead’s readers have been waiting patiently for the evidence that Prime Minister Cameron is indeed the second coming of Winston Churchill and today, at long last, Professor Mead has come up with the goods.

    With Britain’s economy in a shambles, with Cameron’s popularity plummeting, with the view widely shared throughout Britain that he is failed Prime Minister and with the British more pessimistic about the future of their once great nation than ever, Prime Minister Cameron finally unveils the platform on which he would like his legacy to be built; he’s going to oppose pornography (somewhere Tipper Gore must be cheering).

    I was getting nervous there for a minute that Professor Mead might have been guilty of exaggerating the virtues of Prime Minister Cameron, but now that the Prime Minister has taken his courageous stand against internet pornography, I think we can all see that Mead was right all along. My only question to the Professor is, why stop at comparing Cameron to Atlee, Churchill, Thatcher and Blair? Given his passion for pursuing virtue, isn’t the most apt comparison with the legendary King Arthur and his Knights of the table round?

    I do think Professor Mead gets one little thing wrong though. I have a sneaking suspicion that Winston Churchill would not have thought too much of his sanctimonious successor now occupying 10 Downing Street. I suspect that he would have reacted to Cameron the same way that he reacted to Stafford Cripps. About Cripps, Churchill famously said,

    “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

  • This is what happens when you don’t have constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech — or even a Constitution, for that matter.

    • Fred

      Such a law would not violate even our constitutional right to free speech. No one is telling pornographers they can’t produce porn, and no one is telling internet users they cannot access porn. The law ONLY says that those who want porn must ask for it specifically, otherwise it will be blocked. How is that any more an infringement on anyone’s rights than “No Smoking” ordinances? As a parent, I think it’s a brilliant idea, and I’d like to see it implemented here.

      • You don’t have a constitutionally-guaranteed right to smoke.

  • cubanbob

    A third rate leader using a third rate problem to distract the public from his failure to address first rate problems.

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