criminalises all electronic communication that is
"grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character".
i.e. Almost anything could be illegal.
Certainly the Bible and Koran are illegal.
All Internet porn is illegal in the UK.
Saying "fuck" on the Internet is illegal in the UK.
Some tasteless people burn an effigy of the
Grenfell Tower in Nov 2018, and mock the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Yes, disgusting, but shrug and move on.
Not in 21st century Britain.
The police arrested them.
For a joke.
What an abuse of state power.
The police arrested them under the Public Order Act, 1986,
under which almost anybody can be arrested for almost anything.
Is it now a crime to be a twat?
Brendan O'Neill, as usual, makes the outraged case for a free society
against the mob.
Serving police officer
shared this meme, or a variant of it,
mocking George Floyd,
in a WhatsApp group chat with colleagues in May-June 2020.
And he was prosecuted, convicted and jailed for 20 weeks.
The meme is nasty. No serving officer should be sharing that.
But jailing him seems incredible.
Are people who celebrate Margaret Thatcher's death jailed?
No they are not.
He should not be jailed, or even prosecuted.
But still nasty.
As a prank,
taught his girlfriend's dog to become excited by the phrase "Do you want to gas the Jews?"
and to make a little Hitler salute.
I actually laughed out loud watching it, since I am a dog person and
I have done similar nonsense talk to dogs (minus the Nazi theme).
I thought it was just daft humour, not pro-Nazi at all.
But in modern Britain, in the 21st century,
Meechan actually got a hate crime conviction for this joke in Mar 2018.
In April 2018 he was sentenced. He avoided jail but was fined.
I sometimes wonder if Freedom House should downgrade Britain to "Partly Free".
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Incredibly, the co-author of Father Ted,
has been furiously attacking Count Dankula and anyone who supports him
or opposes his conviction.
Graham Linehan is a comedian.
He laughs at another comedian getting prosecuted for making jokes.
Graham Linehan made Nazi jokes.
He laughs at another comedian getting prosecuted for making Nazi jokes.
The Germans must have a word for this cosmic level of hypocrisy.
So is Graham Linehan just really prissy about offensive speech and Jews?
Apart from making Nazi jokes himself,
refused to condemn genocidal anti-semites Hamas,
despite being repeatedly asked.
And yet he rushes to condemn Count Dankula.
The very fact that you can censor movies in the cinema, on video and on TV
only shows how flawed these old media are.
TV is simply far too easy to control.
Around the world, every dictatorship and oppressor uses state control of TV
to spread government lies and suppress the news.
state TV is the voice of the oppressor, and the spreader of lies,
Orwell imagined it would be.
In the disturbing new world of the Internet,
governments everywhere must be longing for the return of TV.
is basically a green light to all forms of censorship:
"The State guarantees liberty for the exercise of the following rights, subject to public order and morality: -
The right of the citizens to express freely their convictions and opinions.
The education of public opinion being, however, a matter of such grave import to the common good, the State shall endeavour to ensure that organs of public opinion, such as the radio, the press, the cinema, while preserving their rightful liberty of expression, including criticism of Government policy, shall not be used to undermine public order or morality or the authority of the State.
The publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law."
Natural Born Killers (1994)
was also banned.
Although I think this film is painful rubbish,
being anti-censorship does not mean you're only against censorship of things you like.
Otherwise it is a meaningless term.
In fact, a lot of so-called liberals who claim to be anti-censorship
turn out only to be against censorship of things that have
artistic or intellectual merit.
Whether a film has any artistic merit or not is irrelevant
- the worst you should be able to do with anything is simply classify it for adults-only.
Actually banning any film or book for adult consumption is an outrageous abuse of law.
Blocked on Twitter by the regressive left and Islamists:
I love debate.
I love ideas.
But the Western left
and their friends the Islamic right
do not return the favour.
Their response to opposing ideas, whether expressed politely or robustly, is often to block.
See Who blocks me on Twitter.
I will debate almost anyone.
Stick to ideas and I will debate you.
But I do have rules.
See Who I block on Twitter.
Twitter is broken, 2016 on:
I am on Twitter at
Twitter was a great place for debate before 2016.
You could meet everyone in the world, and argue about ideas.
Starting in 2016,
Twitter became increasingly broken.
It became full of reporting and bans and censorship.
In 2019, Twitter even started
for no reason that was ever explained, or could be appealed.
promised to end the censorship.
But it looks like a false dawn.
One day, we will have a better place to gather.