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Richard Pearce

I believe in true democracy and the freedom of expression it lawfully allows.

I’m interested in what goes on around me, however, being a natural born sceptic means I will always ask questions. If I don’t understand something that has been presented to me, regardless of whether I agree or disagree with it, I will look myself for evidence to confirm its validity.

I also feel fortunate to have grown up as the information age found it’s feet. Whilst I support free and open access to information, I also understand there is a requirement to balance that with classification of certain information in order to protect and serve the people.

Truth does sometimes hurt, it can also be difficult to find, but never give up looking for it.

“But the chief danger to freedom of thought and speech at this moment is not the direct interference of the Ministry Of Information or any official body. If publishers and editors exert themselves to keep certain topics out of print, it is not because they are frightened of prosecution but because they are frightened of public opinion.”
– George Orwell (from Orwell’s Proposed Preface to ‘Animal Farm’ which, incidently, was not included by the publisher).

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