Should extremist political parties be tolerated or subject to censorship

Should extremist political parties be tolerated or subject to censorship

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" Should extremist political parties be tolerated or subject to censorship"
The United Kingdom of Great Britian and Northern Ireland is and will always be a democracy, a
democracy is built on the priciple of equality and certain freedoms. I believe that everybody has the
right to have their opinions heards, so long as they are conducted withing the law, this is regardless
of content. However with this right does come responsbilities. In the UK we do have freedom of
speech, but that freedom is too heavily controlled, I believe in certain restrictions. For example s18
Public Order Act 1986 makes it an offense to uses or threatens to use abusive or insulting words or
behaviour that incites or references racial hatred. There is another Act that outlaws inciting religious
hatred, these two act of law I agree with because it is necessary to allow our democracy to function,
and it is disgusting to insult someone solely on their religion, race or skin colour.
Although I do believe that if a party does have a manifesto that could be likely to cause harassment,
alarm or distress on racial and religious grounds then that party could not be allowed to talk
publically, I also believe that if the party is censored then people will not be able to see an
candidature political party that they are entitled to vote for. This is the risk of democracy, if you allow
anyone to run for power, then we must accept the risk of a party we disapprove of. To ban any such
political party would be a breech of democracy and be against our shared cultural values. On the
other hand if a political party is clear that their values are not racist or discriminatory on religious
grounds then they should be allowed to practise, just because they may cause offensive doesn't
mean they should be censored
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