It was nice to see parliament protecting free speech last night. It was a little annoying to hear ministers saying the defeat was "political opportunism" on the part of the opposition parties, much the same line as was trotted out last time. I'm generally of the view this current government has a unfortunate tendency to use the law as a cure all solution to most of the problems they face. I like to think the Tories (and Lib Dems) where thinking of civil liberties - I generally think of them as a liberal party despite some previously ill thought out laws of their own. Having said that next to the current lot they practically come across as tree hugging hippies!