Talk:Geoffrey Robertson

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Saying Whitehouse acted 'maliciously' is blatantly POV - a malicious prosecution is one where the person initiating the prosecution has acted both dishonestly and unreasonably, and that the desire to ensure the law is enforced is not a motivating factor. Now while its debatable whether she was being reasonable or not (and a neutral encyclopedia should not be taking sides on that matter) I think its hard to remain neutral and yet claim Whitehouse was acting dishonestly. She was rather upfront that she believed the actions of, amongst others, Gay News (for example) were in violation of the law. To use the inherently loaded term 'malicious prosecution' without at least some finding by a court that they were malicious prosecutions we're siding with one side against another. Wikipedia should report the facts (that she brought prosecutions) not provide an opinion on whether those actions were justified or not. -- Chrism 18:12, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

that makes sense but it also questions your edit. "Moral decency campaigner" connotes a person who is campaigning for moral decency. Who are you, or I, or anyone, to judge whether she was advocating "decency"? Many would feel that her actions were extremely immoral.
perhaps "private prosecution by the morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse" is better. What do you think? --Sumple (Talk) 05:26, 24 June 2006 (UTC)
That was something I was unsure about when I was editing it. I also thought it sounded pretty clumsy but couldn't think of a more elegant way of putting it. Morality campaigner seems fine.--Chrism 09:05, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

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I'm generally against including subject's opinions on other subjects, but this piece regarding the US invasion of Afghanistan may deserve a mention. SmartSE (talk) 15:18, 2 February 2011 (UTC)