Russell Brand: New U.K. Law Means Anti-Government Speech Could Soon Be Considered "Extremist" Terrorism


On this week's "The Trews," Russel Brand looks at how Britain is faring in the global 'conversation' about free expression and political violence.

U.K. HOME SECRETARY THERESA MAY: We need to deal with some of the extremists that are trying to divide us, they are seeking to promote hatred and intolerance. Seeking to undermine the very values that make us the country we are, the great country to live in, the pluralistic values in our society.

PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON: For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It's often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that's helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance. This Government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach.

RUSSEL BRAND, THE TREWS: Well isn't that the most terrifying thing you've ever heard from a sitting Prime Minster?

"As long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone?"

Not anymore! Just obeying the law it not going to be enough. There's new things now that are not to do with the law that we will be imposing. "Conclusively turn the page on this failed approach."

I thought that is what the law is. As long as you do these things, and don't do those things, you're cool.

Now there is a whole new agenda that is being unleashed. Orwellian is a word that is overused but this is Orwellian. You could be breaking the law now. By not breaking the law. There is literally no clarity over what that means. This is bringing in legislation to prevent people challenging power.

Remember when David Cameron gave his speech outside Number 10 [Downing St., the Prime Minister's residence], after winning the election and we said, "Wow, if that were true, hey we'll help kids and put people back to work. If that were true, everything is going to be fine, but straight away after the election.

Why didn't he say when he was on the steps of Number 10, "we have been a passively tolerant society for too long, saying as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. This government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach." Why weren't they saying that when they were campaigning?

We don't know the details yet what this bill is going to include. But it is going to be fast tracked.

Because whenever they want something it is fast tracked, but all the time they're like: "This will take years, we're going to do a survey, we don't know if climate change is real. We're not sure if people actually do need houses or food, we're going to do a study. We'll let you know in five years."

The minute they want to lock down on personal freedoms its, fast track, that's the law now, what!

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