Paul Dacre, the editor of The Daily Mail, was my boss at its sister paper The Evening Standard many years ago, and is without question a brilliant and ingenious editor. But that disgusting sentence is almost enough to have me reaching for the scimitar. This is what a supposedly robust, fearless, “conservative” newspaper thinks is the solution – to trade core English liberties for a quiet life. No, you dummy. You use your free-speech rights to argue fearlessly against the monsters Britain has incubated in its midst, and you insist on unbounded freedom of expression in order to have the widest, most open and honest conversation about what to do about, say, the significant numbers of British Muslims who think killing cartoonists is justified. Why is mass Muslim immigration so obviously beneficial and indispensable that it’s worth surrendering ancient liberties for? And why is The Daily Mail’s automatic assumption that it’s we who “need to re-think” rather than the community that produces the likes of Jihad John?