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Thursday, January 08, 2015

Nick Clegg condemns the Charlie Hebdo shooting

The Independent reports on Nick Clegg's response to a caller into his LBC phone-in programme on the Charlei Hebdo killings in Paris yesterday:

"I’m sorry, Omar, I’ve got to interrupt. I think if I understand you correctly, I cannot express to you how strongly I disagree with you. There can be no excuse, no reason, no explanation… They have killed cartoonists who have done nothing more than drawings which they so happen to find offensive.

"Here’s the bottom line, Omar, at the end of the day in a free society people have to be free to offend each other. You cannot have freedom unless people are free to offend each other. We have no right not to be offended. That fundamental principle of being free to offend people - and not saying somehow that you have a right not be offended in a democratic, open society such as ours is exactly what was under threat by these murderous barbarians. To even suggest, Omar, that there is a rationale, an explanation, a motive that somehow absolves them or sheds greater light on such a horrific, cold hearted, cowardly act, I find outrageous."

The video is here. Clegg's response starts at 28 minutes including his condemnation of Nigel Farage for seeking to make political points from the killing:

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