Lord Bell was Hilary Mantel investigated by the police because she has published a short story about Margaret Thatcher.
It has not been a good week for supporters of free expression in the arts.
A protestor against Exhibit B is quoted by the BBC as saying:
"It's not educational, it actually causes huge offence."Meanwhile, says the Guardian:
Tory MP Conor Burns told the Sunday Times that the story represented a grave offence to the victims of the IRA.It seems the merest Tory backbencher has learnt what left-wing activists have long known: if you can claim 'offence' in modern Britain, that is a trump card.
How and when did that come about?