I think the weirdest thing about the last week has been the aggressive sales job for freedom of speech.
Perhaps I'm getting cynical as I get older, but I'm always suspicious when people give me the hard sell for products that I supposedly already own. Being British, I imagine most of us probably have a good idea that when people knock on our doors to sell us e.g. "freedom" with big smiles and handshakes, it's probably time to check your pockets for your wallet.
Good products always have a way of selling themselves, I tend to find. You never see any adverts for shagging, for example, but there's plenty of it going on everywhere. Nobody advertises drugs but the trade roars ever onwards.
Theoretically at least, we're already free to say whatever we like, threats excepted. Three armed twats with grudges can hardly rip our freedom away from all of us, and a few idiots with blogs and newspaper columns aren't going to wipe it out with snotty comments, no matter how hard people are trying to convince us otherwise.
The only people who have the power to seriously fuck with free speech are the people we elect, and it looks to me like the folk who are currently issuing the loudest hosannas for freedom rarely pay much attention to what those jokers are up to, or actively run PR for their bright ideas.
So you know, the hard sell is a bit bizarre to see. Caveat emptor and all that.