Freedom of expression is not something you put in a pot and boil down.
Nor does it come in flat pack form.
Liberty is not pick'n'mix.
You can't just choose the bits you like.
Either it exists or it doesn't.
(The one law of mitigation is there to sanction those who use it to harm or defame)
This Freedom is the source from which the fast, strong waters of all other freedoms flow.
All of them.
The Freedom to come and go, to assemble, the Freedom of each one of us to live the life we feel to be right without harming others.
These Liberties all depend on each other.
The killers proved in blood those very links which so many people refuse to acknowledge.
- from Philippe Lancon's article in Sunday's Observer.
Philipe Lancon was wounded in the Hebdo attack in Paris.
Both my grandfathers fought in the Battle of the Somme.
Like Philippe Lancon they were both wounded in the struggle for freedom.
My father suffered in the Second World War.
Freedom and liberty are priceless. Millions of ordinary people in France, the Commonwealth, the United States, and many dozens of countries around the world have forfeited their lives to create the civilized world we enjoy today.
Freedom is here. Our greatest duty is to strive to protect it.