The British people aren’t citizens, so much as subjects. The concept of individual rights never evolved in Britain, at least not past its most rudimentary stages.
This is why a young man by the name of Ben John was sentenced to two years in prison for the possession of an “unauthorized book.” From the BBC:
A man told by a judge to read classic literature after being found guilty of a terrorism offence will be jailed after a suspended sentence was quashed.
Ben John, who police described as a white supremacist, was given a two-year suspended sentence in August.
The 22-year-old was convicted of having a copy of The Anarchist Cookbook on a computer hard drive.
The Court of Appeal ruled the original sentence was unlawful and ordered John to serve two years in prison.
He will also spend a further year on extended licence.
Lord Justice Holroyde said: “We are satisfied that there must be a sentence of immediate imprisonment.”
Apparently, the British government considers it “terrorism” to own a book it doesn’t approve of.
How fortunate we are, in the United States, that we have a First Amendment. Unfortunately, it’s being relentlessly whittled away by powerful forces. Within a few more decades, Americans will also be arrested and imprisoned for the possession of unauthorized books. A constitution cannot guarantee our liberties if the demographics are not favorable. Both the Soviet Union and Communist China had/have constitutions that guarantee freedom of speech and freedom of religion. We can see how that worked out.