Seems that free speech and terror goes hand in hand..At least in England.
The Labour Party was forced to make a humiliating apology to an 82-year-old party member last night after he was thrown out of the conference for heckling Jack Straw.Then stopped and almost arrested under anti-terrorist powers.
Walter Wolfgang, a party member for 57 years, was bundled out of the conference hall by stewards after shouting "nonsense" as Mr Straw, the Foreign Secretary, defended Britain's role in Iraq. He was later stopped under anti-terrorist powers as he tried to re-enter the hall.
The heavy-handed treatment of Mr Wolfgang revived criticism of the " control freakery" associated with New Labour and even drew comparisons with the way the Communist leaders in Russia and China stifled dissent.
Mr Wolfgang fled Nazi Germany as a teenager for the freedom of Britain. He said: "I shouted out 'nonsense'. That's all I said. Then these two toughies came round and wanted to manhandle me out. 'I said: 'Do you want me to leave? I will leave, you don't need to manhandle me.'
"Physically, I am not too well, so I said I would follow them."
How did the government reply to this?
But Mr Blair indicated he was unlikely to give Mr Wolfgang a personal apology."No need to". Bull!
"I'm sure I'm not going to meet Walter. There's no need to. I can just offer him my apology."