The purpose of the proposed posters was to inform the public that the therapy was available. By banning it Boris has given the therapy far more publicity than a few posters ever could (and for free too). That has sparked debate. Not just here but on other forums and I expect some of the papers and broadcast media will discuss it too. How healthy and balanced that is depends who gets involved.
Of course, action & reaction and all of that. But those posters should not have even been approved in the first place, because the "therapy" in question is not accredited/recognised by the leading association of... psychiatristy therapy peopley thingies. BACS? BCAS? I forget, even though I posted it just an hour or so ago. There's no scientific evidence they work, most likely there's scientific evidence they don't
work, and as such they should not have been allowed at all. Adverts are likely banned or barred all the time without us knowing.
As for other groups? No idea, but I don't have the energy for it at the moment. Maybe in the future, but now? I can't. Well, can but have decided to stick to what I know for the meantime.
We're just going round in circles with this. The posters never made any claims. In my opinion, they were nasty, offensive and bullshit. But that's not illegal and nor should it be. If a law is framed which bans causing offence then people can claim the same about people I do support and use it to silence them.
As for unaccredited therapies being banned, well where to begin.
How about faith healing and the power of prayer? Should religions be banned from praying for the sick unless they can prove it works? Because I think that's what you'd have to do.
Edit: It's now in The Mail - no comments yet but when the homophobes notice it, and they will, I doubt they'll provide the kind of "healthy and balanced" debate you were hoping for. Church's 'gay cure' advert is banned from London buses after huge public outcry
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z1rs4LkETO