Includes freedom to admit mistake

Interesting, isn’t it, that when public officials — whether sitting school directors or former half-term governors of socialist states — are called out for saying something dumb, they wrap themselves in parchment and claim their rights to free speech are being infringed.

Professing some sort of moral high ground, they refuse to back off in order to defend the constitutional rights of the rest of us; they are beholden to a higher truth.

Sorry, but that couldn’t be further from what it’s about. The question isn’t whether you are allowed to open your mouth and let out the stupid. It’s whether you have the guts and the integrity to take the consequences when you do.

Sid Schwab