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Birmingham Post Comment: Double trouble.

As a former politician, Robert Kilroy-Silk really should know better: expressing controversial views can get you into trouble.

Yesterday, he apologised and defended the column in which he called Arabs 'suicide bombers, limb-amputators and women repressors'. Tonight he will defend himself on television.

But Kilroy is going have to do some fast talking to get himself out of this situation. As a newspaper columnist, he is paid to express his opinions. And he may well believe what he wrote to be true. But while we advocate freedom of speech in this country, a line has to be drawn somewhere. The law says that articles which could potentially incite racial hatred are illegal. Of course Kilroy should have been more careful about what he wrote, especially as he now faces losing his BBC job.

But the more amazing thing about this whole affair is the fact the article had been published before -and no one noticed it.

So while he now faces condemnation, isn't it rather a case of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted -twice?
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Date:Jan 12, 2004
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