I Thought Only The Nazis Banned Books…?

…guess we now have politicians who want to ban books by Nazis:

Scottish Labour MP Thomas Docherty is calling for a national debate on whether the sale of Adolf Hitler’s “repulsive” manifesto Mein Kampf should be prohibited in the UK.


“Of course Amazon – and indeed any other bookseller – is doing nothing wrong in selling the book. However, I think that there is a compelling case for a national debate on whether there should be limits on the freedom of expression,” writes Docherty to Javid.

That’s going to be a quick debate. No. There are enough already.

“This is particularly an issue given the widely reported rise in antisemitism not just in the UK but in other western European countries.”

Riiiiiiight. Because that’s all down to people who have sampled a few chapters of this book on their Kindle and come over all Nazi, is it?

Getting an idea of the sort of flack heading his way, he finally began to back-track:

“I’m not saying it should be banned, I am saying we should absolutely have a debate about whether or not it should be banned,” Docherty told the Guardian.


Docherty said that the reality today is that if “someone puts the contents of Mein Kampf on to a blog, the police would knock on their door … so to what extent, because it is a historical work, does society treat it different than if it was a neo-Nazi today? ” he asked.

The fact that police would knock on your door because of what you write, rather than what you do, seems to be just fine and dandy with this chap.

17 comments for “I Thought Only The Nazis Banned Books…?

  1. February 12, 2015 at 11:10 am

    It always amazes me that these people think by banning something they are doing good.
    It’s just communism/ Nazism, if people are’t allowed to read these things how can they make up their own minds and informed judgements….OH OF COURSE we aren’t meant to have minds any more and need to be told what to think.
    If you are going to ban this then why not the Quran or the bible where do you draw the line.
    I seem to remember Hitler burn and banned books, so by doing the same seems to me the deepest level of hypocrisy.

    • Robert the Biker
      February 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      If you are going to capitalise this quorm thing the ‘slims think is wonderful, you should at least do the same for the Bible which has, after all, been around longer 🙂

  2. Ed P
    February 12, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Scottish Labour MP desperate for vote-winning sound-bite?
    (Even with an idiotic “idea” like book banning – they are scraping up this sort of nonsense in a futile attempt to appear relevant.)

    Will there even be (m)any Scottish Labour MPs in 3 months?

  3. Graham wood
    February 12, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    And of course, once the precedent is established where does it stop. There is the potential for any other Tomfool MP to come up with other equally PC (censorship) ideas riding some hobby-horse to ban all sorts of stuff arising from a distorted ideology.
    Especially children’s books from which there constantly emerges traces of sexism, and something called ‘homophobia’, racism and all manner of mind twisting stuff. E.g all those ‘William’ books should be banned automatically. Ha! The gormless do-good ers are with us again.

  4. Maturecheese
    February 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    In that case the police should come knocking if you put some of the content of the Koran on a blog, highly unlikely though.

  5. mona
    February 12, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I bought a copy from Amazon, an interesting line said ” a Nations greatest treasure is its people”, may be true for Germany, not for some of the shit living here.

  6. DICK R
    February 12, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Why no attempt to ban the book responsible for millions of death,all over the world
    DAS KAPITAL ?????

  7. Him Again
    February 12, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Not to mention good old Comrade Karl Marx


  8. t1zzla
    February 13, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Hitler, Stalin, totalitarian despots. Fascism, Communism, technocratic people control, we know what`s best for you. These regimes burnt books. Democracies shut libraries because of funding issues. Either way, it`s as if they don`t want people to read books, no matter where you are. Lets not forget Kindle deleting books a few years ago(1984 and the like). Self education is an anathema to the establishment. Read, read, read anything, it opens minds.

  9. Mudplugger
    February 13, 2015 at 8:30 am

    No need to ban any book, just spread the word that there’s a cartoon of Mohammed in it and the Muzzies in Bradford will burn all the copies for you.

  10. Coward
    February 13, 2015 at 8:52 am

    How about if we include an intruduction by Winston Churchill who called it “A Koran for our time” – is it ok then to publish Mein Kemp?

  11. Furor Teutonicus
    February 13, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Those that are committing “Anti semitic” crimes today are reading the fucker in ARABIC! The same as the “Koran” coincidentaly enough.

    You import a thousand thieves, the theft rate goes up, you import a thousand anti semites, what do the bastards expect?

    Germany. It is banned. BUT, if you can prove a need, such as being a history student, or in that line of work, you can get hold of copys through your university, or proffessional body.

    It is not an offence to possess a copy. (Questionable… you MAY be asked to “proove a need.)

    However, the same as in Britain, if you are accused of a “racist” crime, it WILL be siezed as evidence.

    Also to be considered is, that all those against it, have never READ it!

    I have. The most boring three weeks of my life. But it must be said, the “anti semitic” parts are MUCH more mild than what you hear from your average suidaephobe these days. But the ones who would consider banning Mein Kampf would not dream, or DARE, suggest banning THEM!

    The same goes in Germany for “Myth of the 20th century,” “Protocols of the elders of Zion,” and “Jüde Süß.”

  12. February 13, 2015 at 9:32 am

    “”I am saying we should absolutely have a debate about whether or not it should be banned,” Docherty told the Guardian.””

    Where was he when the last twenty friggin’ “debates” took place? They were only last month. Before that there were 27473 friggin’ debates. There have been debates on restricting this or banning that ever since Lord Harry knows when.

  13. Robert the Biker
    February 13, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I’m going to buy a copy simply to piss the fascist wanker off

  14. Him Again
    February 14, 2015 at 12:18 am

    I forgot to add:
    Biggles (warmonger and racist!)
    Swallows & Amazons (too middle class!)
    Enid Blyton (evil racist monster!)

    No more Desmond Bagley, Alistair Mclean style of ‘boys adventure stories’.

    Talk to a “teacher” and see what I mean.

  15. Greg Tingey
    February 14, 2015 at 9:41 am

    These idiots fail to realise that a good reason for wanting to read this stuff is so that you can actually find out what the shouting is about.
    My position as an atheist is greatly strengthened by the fact tht I know the christian bible extremely well, & have forced myself to read “the recital” – it helps enormously when some apologist or other gets up & starts spouting the usual lies ….
    I’ve struggled through a lot of “Capital” too, though a long time ago, for the same reasons.

    Err … “Him Again”
    No – Enid Blyton should be banned for the most unreadable ghastly trashy shit ever inflicted on ubsuspecting children, actually!
    As an ex-teacher, I obviously disagree, esp about Swallows & Amazons or even Capt W E Johns, who also wrote some surprisingly good “juvenile” SF in later years.

  16. February 16, 2015 at 7:33 am

    I cant wait to put my hands on this book and read it. It seems to be one of the books worth reading this season

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