War of words restricts our right to say what we think
No one should need to beg the Government's permission to express an unpopular opinion
Twitter users woke last week to discover that they now had twice as many characters at their disposal as before. Tweets immediately grew longer, and, ironically, much less interesting. That perfectly encapsulates the modern malaise of having more and more opportunities to use free speech, whilst the amount of relevant or even interesting things which we're permitted to say has reduced in tandem.
The space for genuinely free speech is shrinking. Too many are lurking in the shadows, eager to take offence.
That's what makes it so dispiriting when the Taoiseach allows himself to be infected by this disease of prissiness in the face of plain speaking.