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Never ask a barber if you need a haircut..

Or a police commissioner if new laws are needed.

Our old friend Tarique 'ban flag burning' Ghaffur, an assistant commisioner at the Met has come up with another one of his characteristically well thought out, easily implemented plans: "Police are to demand new powers to arrest protesters for causing offence through the words they chant and the slogans on their placards and even headbands".

It is so very, very easy to take offence, if one is so minded. Quite apart from animal rights loons, the far left and so forth, I think I could probably find it in me to take offence at sundry football chants, Socialist politicians using megaphones while out on the stump, etc etc etc.

I can forsee some rather amusing new protests under these prospective laws. Imagine slogans guaranteed to be unable to cause offence to even those with the thinnest skins: "What do we want? A change in the law and / or foreign policy. When do want it? At Parliament's convenience as and when it is in keeping with existing treaty obligations".


Since he didn't pay heed last time, I will reiterate: "I am far more concerned that the Police should actually arrest people for the existing crimes of incitement to murder and the like, and spend less time cooking up ideas for acts that do not need to be criminalised".
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Anonymous Anonymous said... 12:25 pm

First that the Gods wish to destroy...............

I have just posted on the Police being sponsored source First Post and the Telegraph reporting that the Met are proposing to profile criminals so that they can arrest them before they commit a crime !  



Blogger Croydonian said... 1:41 pm

We live in dark times, do we not?  



Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 4:47 pm

Im ok
I have already commited my crimes so no doubt they will leave me alone, maybe even send me on safari or offer me some counselling  



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