He is indeed entitled to his opinion; but whether sharing his opinion is permissible versus professionalare two different arguments. The Queen probably has an opinion on the European Union. Her voicing her opinion is perfectly permissible but not exactly in keeping with professional conduct for her um... job. Likewise, Norman, whatever his views, and however strongly he holds them, should really be thinking about whether his conduct is professional or not. There are some actors who probably want to vent their spleen about how much they hate the play/show/film they're in, but don't because it makes future casting less likely. This is what I think is childish: moaning so publicly about arguably the most successful part of his career, feeling so hurt and let down by normal procedures and behaviours within his profession and airing his grievances so wildly. Of course his opinion is his own. But the key thing about freedom of speech is not that you should say what you want when you want - it is that you can chooseto exercise it. It's the most precious liberty in our country. It should, like all precious things, be used sparingly and precisely.