The words of Ben Westwood the son of fashion guru Vivienne and an artist/campaigner in his own right. The Guardian carries a brilliant interview with him today following his recent protest outside Parliament along with other human rights campaigners and members of the Consenting Adult Action Network (which I also recently joined as a supporter along with lots of other UK academics). The photograph on the right is taken from the first CAAN newsletter which also covered the protest story. The protest is a result of the new provisions contained in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 which seeks to ban ‘violent pornography’. The law marks a significant development in the state seeking to ban non-harmful images because it disapproves of those images. It is a re-assertion of a moral orthodoxy that is more akin to the views of the late Lord Devlin.

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