Ruling that a Christian fundamentalist had the right to preach outside Wakefield Cathedral, despite the annoyance she caused, Lord Justice Sedley said: "Freedom only to speak inoffensively is not worth having." The High Court judge, sitting in London with Mr Justice Collins, allowed an appeal by Alison Redmond-Bate of Leeds against a conviction by local magistrates for obstructing police. The conviction had been upheld at crown court.
He said: "Free speech includes not only the inoffensive but the irritating, the contentious, the eccentric, the heretical, the unwelcome and the provocative provided it does not tend to provoke violence."Reuse content