Peter Shankman, CEO of New York PR consultancy Geek Factory, has posted about the suspension of Orange employee, Inigo Wilson. Peter’s contribution is fairly innocuous but he has also included an exchange of emails from within Orange following the initial complaint about Inigo’s comments. Peter claims these came from “someone close to the incident”.
As a footnote to this affair Peter’s post includes ConservativeHome’s comment policy which states clearly:
“Homophobic, racist or other hateful posts will … result in permanent bans.”
However, editor of ConservativeHome, Tim Montgomerie, writes on the site:
"ConservativeHome will do all it can to stand up for Inigo Wilson. His freedom of speech is our freeedom of speech. Orange needs to know that."
The site obviously doesn't deem Inigo’s remarks racist. Obviously many others do, but will the new moderate Conservative party intervene? What does Dave think?
I don't think anyone is denying Inigo of his right to feedom of speech. His employer is rightly deciding whether it wants to associate itself, brand values and customers with Inigo's distasteful views.