Toby Young has come up with something not entirely unexpected – a Free Speech Union, although it’s not as free as you’d think, because it’s subscription-only, with fees starting at £24.99 for students, pensioners and overseas members – tax exiles, presumably.
“Join me in the Free Speech Union and together we can defeat the authoritarianism and intolerance that is once again threatening to destroy our liberty.”
— Toby Young (@toadmeister) February 21, 2020
The Free Speech Union has the Latin motto ‘Audi Alteram Partem’, meaning ‘let the other side be heard’, so they must have been delighted at all these reactions.
“Have YOU been ratioed on the internet over a bad tweet that wasn’t your fault?” pic.twitter.com/GV505tLvGg
— Alan White (@aljwhite) February 24, 2020
I was kicked out of Toby Young’s free speech union for saying it wasn’t ok to wear boot cut jeans at a wedding
— Tom Usher (@tom_usher_) February 24, 2020
— lemn sissay MBE (@lemnsissay) February 24, 2020
I hear Toby Young has had his freedom of speech curtailed. I heard it on BBC, who have him on regularly to broadcast to audiences of millions how he’s not allowed to speak freely.
— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) February 24, 2020
A whole group of definite non-weirdos trying to help each other not get involved with child sex trafficking and take some of the pressure off their wives https://t.co/ZVwuhLEMRc
— Jim Cognito (@JimCognito2016) February 24, 2020
‘ONCE AGAIN I HAVE BEEN SILENCED PLEASE LISTEN TO ME TALK ABOUT HOW SILENCED I AM GOD IT’S SO TOUGH BEING THIS SILENCED LISTEN PLEASE I’M BEING SO QUIET RIGHT NOW GOD I’M SO VERY VERY SILENT’ https://t.co/GQnNF4dcJj
— Sorcha Ní Nia (@Luiseach) February 24, 2020
ahhhh :chefs kiss: the toby young free speech grift has a payment structure. pic.twitter.com/6j05tHkQas
— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef) February 24, 2020
For those not wanting to shell out the fee for Free Speech Union, trade negotiator Dmitry Grozoubinski had an actually free alternative.
Toby Young’s Free Speech Union costs £25 a year.
Alternatively, you can join my “Don’t Say Monstrous Things and Apologise When You Fuck Up Coalition” for free.
— Dmitry Grozoubinski (@DmitryOpines) February 24, 2020
It’s going to look great on the merchandise.
Source Toby Young Image Comedy Unleashed screengrab, Free Speech Union screengrab