It takes a Russian to recognise the signs: Evgeny Lebedev, owner of The Independent and the Evening Standard, has warned that the case of Nadia Eweida, the BA worker who sought to wear a cross to work, should raise alarm bells among freedom-loving Britons. The case, in which the Christian had to take her employers to the European Court of Human Rights to overturn their ban on wearing a cross to work, reminds him of the thought policing that went on in Soviet Russia.
The London-based Russian deplores the
“spirit of conformism, consensus, and political correctness which is spreading through our culture like a forest wildfire, stifling free thought, and strangling the very thing which made this country great — intellectual freedom and tolerance.”
“Please join me in the fight against it, because the country you and I love is sleepwalking into a Soviet future.”