I very rarely agree with the views of the disgraced former Labour Minister Denis MacShane - indeed, considering the circumstances of his fall from grace, I find it astonishing that he is as successful as he is in finding mainstream outlets willing to publish them.
However, there is an exception to every rule, and I agree with him that the murder of the teacher Samual Paty in France - and the low-key response to it in Britain - is disturbing.
Paty was teaching a course on free speech. As part of this he covered the controversy over the publications in a Danish magazine of cartoons featuring the Prophet Mohammed.
"The 1789 “Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen” was approved by the National Assembly of France, on August 26, 1789. This foundational document makes plain what is at stake. Article XI states plainly that, “The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law.”