Below is a letter that appeared in my local rag which I thought was quite interesting. A couple of the incidents mentioned are quite well known but I'm not sure about a few of the others, indeed the BBC one sounds almost like a UL.
Nothing but hate for a police state
14 Jan: Sir, - Twelve months ago I would have welcomed the news that the police will have easier powers of arrest. However, after several events in the past few months, the news terrifies me and I fear we are one step nearer becoming a police state where free speech and demonstrating is banned. Remember Walter Wolfgang who dared to say 'rubbish' at a Labour Party conference? Not only was he manhandled out of the building by thuggish stewards, he was later charged by the police under the Terrorism Act. Then there was the lady who stated on BBC Radio that she didn't think it was a good idea for gays to foster children. She was contacted by the police and warned that she might be liable for prosecution. As for the BBC, don't expect it to stick up for free speech. Instead of defending her it put out announcements saying it regretted her remarks. Another couple with Christian views simply asked their council if they could display Christian literature alongside gay publications and were told by the police they were 'treading on egg shells'. Then there was the lady at the cenotaph who wanted to read out the names of soldiers who had been killed in the Iraq war. She was arrested and escorted to the local nick by no less than 14 policemen, where she was locked up. What's going on is scary, and what's even more scary is the lack of opposition to these heavy handed and dictatorial changes to our way of life. If we're not careful the police will soon become the secret police, free speech will be a thing of the past and Letters To The Editor will only feature letters that toe the party line and are censored by Labour officials. R E Dale, Church Lawton