Freedom of speech

It's such an important concept in the modern world. It protects the have-nots from those who wish to take advantage of a position of authority, be it celebrity, politics and finance.

That a major company (Trafigura) tried to twist our laws to prevent a question asked in the Houses of Parliament sickens me. That they succeeded for almost 24 hours makes it even worse.

Thank god for the power of Twitter

One of the foremost Tweeters on this subject was Stephen Fry - yes that Fry. The one from Fry and Laurie, QI, Jeeves and Wooster and Wilde. He has more than 800,000 people following him on Twitter and that is a lot of exposure.

It is a triumph of social networking that a comedian - albeit an extremely erudite and well educated comedian - has the power to overthrow a terrible decision taken to protect a firm that should be open to public scutiny.

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