Thanks to all who wrote to me on the Danish cartoons imbroglio, and apologies for having been otherwise occupied this week. I have however spoken at length at a very senior Danish diplomatic level to convey the support and good wishes of my readers. The Danish Embassy of course cannot endorse any political cause, but expressions of friendship have, I know, been appreciated. Having, by my dilatoriness, lost the initiative to others in organising a demonstration, I am happy to pack up and throw in my lot with them. I know nothing about the gentlemen behind this initiative, but they have written to me asking for support, and they have it. I agree with the statement at the bottom of their site, and they have the support of people whom I support. I particularly welcome the sentiment:
All ideas are capable of giving offence, and some of the most powerful ideas in human history, such as those of Galileo and Darwin, have given profound religious offence in their time. The free exchange of ideas depends on freedom of expression and this includes the right to criticise and mock.
And also, I would add, the right to give offence. If you agree, please be in Trafalgar Square on 25 March, in support of our Danish allies and the values that we share with that most civilised of nations.