Saying what you want without fear of offence sounds good... until you do it | Andrew Hankinson

It’s tempting to say that those who create must resist self-censorship. But as I found out, that’s easier said than done

This column is about a room. It’s definitely not about: 1) Why can’t I say the things I want to say? 2) Grrr, the culture war or 3) Why I quit Twitter. But there will be moments when it seems like I am writing those things. The one I’m most worried about is the first one, because I want to get into why some of us are hesitant to express ourselves truly, but I don’t want to mention free expression or free speech. I’m not stupid.

I’ll start with a couple of dispatches from the culture war last week. The first is Radio 1 ruining Christmas by not broadcasting homophobic language to our kids. Instead they will use a “radio edit” of The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York which omits, for example, the word “faggot”. Good: my kids listen to Radio 1, I don’t like them hearing that lyric, I can hear it elsewhere, language progresses. It’s an example of the phoney culture war.

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