Elsewhere, yesterday’s programme about pain meant that we didn’t talk about Australia’s historic apology to Aborigines for past assimilation policies. Should we discuss that and other apologies today?
Our Have Your Say web site is asking if Europe risks becoming a fortress, but maybe the question is “does Europe want to become a fortress?”
Another thought – or thought crime? – comes from Britain’s Appeal Court quashing the convictions of five young Muslim men jailed over extremist literature. The government’s terror laws watchdog has now said that nobody should be jailed for reading extremist literature. The Independent praised the prosecution and the result. What do you think? Is society better safe than sorry or is the risk of jailing innocents going too far to protect the public from potential threats? Should thoughts rather than actions be criminal?
And finally, from Mark, what The Times calls “one of the most heated debates in contemporary literature”: Should Vladimir Nabokov’s final and incomplete novel be destroyed, as the author explicitly requested? Would art’s loss be too great? And how is Nabokov going to know?