Too many people have been vilified for making jokes or controversial remarks on Twitter And the police appear worryingly enthusiastic about getting involved.
There are laws, quite rightly, against harassment, threatening behaviour and certain forms of discrimination in this country.
But the default position should always be that people are free to speak their minds, and even to be unpleasant. None of us are forced to listen to them.
But it’s hard to feel any sympathy for Aidan Burley.
The idea that the Olympic ceremony was “lefty” nonsense is one he is entitled to. And while some supporters of multiculturalism blithely claim that anyone who disagrees with them is clearly racist, some thoughtful people, such as Trevor Phillips, have questioned whether the concept has helped or hindered attempts to stamp out racism.
But some seem to think that Mr Burley’s comments about “multiculturalism” appear to be have been prompted by views about the ceremony which are genuinely offensive and ridiculous.