No popery - Long live freedom of speech

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The (anonymous) response (Letters, November 22) to my earlier letter raises a wider issue of freedom of speech.

This has been hard-won over many centuries in the face of obdurate governments and monarchs.

Many people suffered imprisonment, torture and even death for this cause.

Successive governments have now been quietly nibbling away at this, under the guise of tolerance. And the recent hacking scandal has given them the perfect excuse to curb the equally hard-won freedom of the press.

I can see the day coming when it will be impossible to say anything which might possibly offend anyone else without fear of prosecution. The thought police, ever on the lookout for deviation from political correctness, are already with us. The day the No Popery sign is banned they will have won. I hope I do not live to see that day.

Jerry Emery,