PETER HITCHENS: I am, for the first time, afraid for the future of freedom in my country

Peter Hitchens | hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk

This is Peter Hitchens’s Mail on Sunday column

What if the days did not, after all, start to grow longer after Christmas? Well, yes, of course they will (won’t they?) but I feel a dark, oppressive foreboding which makes spring seem very far away. Why is this?

I sense that I and some others have now become the targets of a worrying wave of spite, censorship and intolerance, very like the McCarthyite frenzy in 1950s America which swept up all kinds of innocent people in what claimed to be an attack on Communism.

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