The original opening of this post was "It isn't often that I find myself agreeing with Iain Dale" but the truth of the matter is that it isn't often I agree with anyone.
In this case Iain is reporting an incident of people wanting to stifle the freedom of someone to hold certain views and speak about them at a consultative meeting. In the end he was allowed to speak, but had to leave the room while the discussions were going on. I fundamentally believe that freedom of speech is paramount even if you are in the filthy business of being a campaigner for smokers rights and a passive smoking denier. I just feel that this sort of rubbish will get more prevalent.
Apparently Mervyn King is after giving more of our money to bankers. We need to find a way to try and protect the vulnerable sector of their customers without feathering the nests of the directors and shareholders.