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Amongst its detractors, Britain is known for doing many bad things to the world. Britain has gone to war with virtually every other country, which is of course reprehensible irrespective of whether or not it was just, or even merely in self-defence. Yet the same detractors are the ones now intimidating voters outside polling booths; crushing freedom of expression by enforcing singular opinions; subverting its democracy and financial systems; and now scoring a victory in the suppression of free speech, the first of its kind in over 300 years.
The reputable links below describes the background and outcome.
https://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/ne ... incidents/
https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/upl ... dgment.pdf
Whilst the Humberside Police was found to have a “chilling” effect on the freedom of speech, the judge did not criticise the College of Police guidelines that gave rise to the involvement of the police force in something that was not actually a crime. In other words, police forces around the country are at liberty to use exactly the same techniques until an opinion is found to be criminal.
This is the particularly chilling exchange between Police Constable Gul, the arresting officer, and Harry Miller, who "liked" and "re-tweeted" someone else's joke about self-identification:
“I informed PC Gul that I was not the author of the verse and that it was simply expressing in verse the sense of imbalance of power between the sexes in the context of transgenderism. He said by Liking and Retweeting it on Twitter, I was promoting Hate. I again asked for, and received, confirmation that neither the verse, nor any of the other alleged 30 tweets, were criminal.
I then asked PC Gul why he was wasting my time. PC Gul said ‘I need to check your thinking’.
I replied: ‘So, let me get this straight, I’ve committed no crime. You’re a police officer. And you need to check my thinking ?’ PC Gul answered: ‘Yes’.
I said, ‘Have you any idea what that makes you ? ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ is a dystopian novel, not a police training manual.”
I need to check your thinking.
As we consider the ramifications, the sleep-walking (much less “woke”!) zombies who make up 99% of the British population will not care one whit. As long as they have Apple products and rent a new car every three years on credit, not a single, solitary fuck will be found in order for them to give it. But it has produced one certainty; if I die in England, it will only be after SCO19 has drilled me following a sustained, all-out assault on the outsourced thoughtCrimes (tm) unit of the Metropolitan Police Service, whose existence is now pretty much assured, following a thought I had that did not pass muster with the Common Purpose. The preferable option is of course that I die overseas, peacefully, following emigration to a proper country, whose policemen don't try to "check my thinking".
In next week’s op-ed: Britain. Good God, y’all, what is it good for?