HC Deb 02 November 1939 vol 352 cc2096-7
42. Mr. Vyvyan Adams

asked the Home Secretary whether he is taking any steps to deal with the oral and written propaganda, favourable to the enemy, emanating from the British Union of Fascists?

Sir J. Anderson

I would refer to the reply which I gave on 12th October to the questions by the hon. Member for North Cornwall (Mr. Horabin) and the hon. and gallant Member for Carlisle (Brigadier-General Spears).

Mr. Adams

Will my right hon. Friend peruse some of the more recent Fascist publications, and then see whether it is right or wise to allow that licence' to attack the cause of freedom?

Sir J. Anderson

We have to be careful to draw the line between giving liberty to those who want to take a certain course of action and attacking freedom. I think that the Debate last Tuesday showed that there are two points of view.

Mr. R. C. Morrison

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in some parts of London the British Union of Fascists are still being allowed to write slogans on the walls with impunity?

Sir J. Anderson

I am aware of that public nuisance, and wish it could be stopped.

Mr. V. Adams

Does not this so-called freedom, in fact, amount to a most dangerous licence?

Sir J. Anderson

That is a matter of opinion. But the position is being carefully watched.

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