We are living through political and societal disruption. Increasingly this is delivered by individuals proudly claiming their rights to free speech. Journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown argues that sexism, homophobia and xenophobia are sometimes expressed with intolerance justified through invocations of liberty. Should individual rights always take precedence over collective, social responsibility? Despite its flaws, do we need to be more defensive of political correctness in a world where it is easy to disseminate intemperance through globalised communication?
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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown writes for newspapers including the i, Evening Standard, and Daily Mail. She appears regularly on TV and radio. She is the author of several books, winner of the Orwell Prize for journalism, and Professor of Journalism at Middlesex University.