#Twitterjoketrial – It’s finally all over…

Finally it’s victory for Paul Chambers.

I first wrote about the #TwitterJokeTrial in January 2010, and last wrote about it in November 2010. See the links in the latter post for more information if you’re not familiar.

It is now July 2012. All that time, Paul Chambers has been living with the life diminishing, career destroying ignominy of being a pawn of the idiot bully state.

Today, his high court appeal against his conviction of May 2010, against 127.1(a) of the Communications Act 2003, was granted, and Paul has now been cleared of all charges.

As someone who (passively) supported Paul all through this disgraceful process, and was an early donor to his fighting fund, I am delighted with this, and I am delighted for Paul and his family.

I want to avoid melodramatic invocations of Orwell, Kafka et al, but I am infuriated and disgusted by the system and its mindless ‘process following’ automatons, who draw a wage from our pockets for making absurd, perverse and unjust decisions day in and day out, in the name of following the process.

  • A little guide to people, for you, by the way: If a person is more interested in the process than the outcome, they are a complete arse, who should be avoided at all cost.

    These people love nothing more than waiting for you to transgress some ‘guideline’ in the name of progress, so they can pour a bucket of shit over your head. If eugenics hadn’t got such a bad rap, we could have genetically selected these vermin out of existence.This applies across public and private sector – it’s a universal truth.

Perversely, I am grateful to the CPS for opening up the eyes of thousands of people to the cruel and grotesque ways of our beloved state. Anyone who wants more state, or more controls, restrictions, bans, probably doesn’t care if great numbers of people go through the same nightmare Paul Chambers has over the last 30 months. If it saves the hurt feelings of just one Labour voting ovine pleb.

It is asserted here that the Director of Public Prosecutions personally took the decision to pursue the Chambers case to the bitter end. To the original trial, against the Crown Court appeal and against the High Court appeal. (H/T @VeryBritishDude https://twitter.com/VeryBritishDude/statuses/228820125887897601 )

It’s time for Kier Starmer’s head to be offered up on a platter. Personally, I think he should be taken out shot in front of his family. Or blown sky high. Either way, I want it live on HDTV.

AJ

LOLympics PART 3

North Korean women’s football team were playing [insert some other country’s team here] at Hampden park in Scotchland.

Only problem is the wallah operating the scoreboard displayed the players fizzogs next to a South Korean flag. The players left the field in protest.

Photo from https://twitter.com/jamescrossan/status/228199005945991169/photo/1

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I shall have a wee snigger at that.

AJ

LOLympics PART 2

It’s been a quiet couple of days for the LOLympics.

Seb Coe and LOCOG are arguing about whether spectators will be allowed entry to ticketed areas if wearing a Pepsi T-shirt. Coe says they (probably) can’t. LOCOG says they can. I say whoever can run off 20,000 Pepsi T-shirts in the next week will make a killing with the contrarians.

It’s also worth noting that Seb Coe (who tweets as @sebcoe) says that “athletes who use Twitter risk Olympic medal chances”. Given his track record during preparations for London 2012, it wouldn’t be paranoid to consider his words as a sinister threat to the likes of Kerron Clement, whose tweets of discontent I mentioned in LOLympics PART 1.

I have now to admit my credulity. When I saw this on Twitter I thought it was for real:

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It’s the work of a splendidly inventive joker, as I was quickly informed by multiple tweeps, including one claiming to represent G4S.

If nothing else, I claim fair play is reasonably assuming that this could easily be part of the M.O. of the monkeys that G4S deploy to these roles (parking enforcement etc).

It clearly has touched a nerve with G4S, or they’d never dignify it with a response, let alone have their Head of PR rebutt it.

So either way, >SNORK<.

UPDATE on Great4Satire’s security difficulties:

 

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AJ

Trying to nail green jelly to a wall…

That is what I was evidently trying to do when I commented to Brian Whelan on Twitter about his article in the Irish Times.

The trouble is that there’s so much wrong with it that it’s impossible to strike at the heart of it in 140 characters.

First there’s the perfectly absurd starting point. Some idiots (likely struggling to make double figures) who tried to organise an anti-Irish-march in Liverpool.

As if this is in any way representative of anything other than a handful of those types who tattoo themselves. Fair enough to highlight it, if only for the laughs, but as the basis of a case for resurgent anti-Irish ‘racism’? I doubt it.

Brian observes:

Occasionally you may notice the signs of a previous tension; a total stranger might approach you in the pub upon hearing your accent to let you know their relative was killed while serving in the North, as if you were to blame or should apologise.

Okay fair enough. As if this has never happened, mutatis mutandis, to an Englishman in Kerry, Cork or wherever else in Eire. I’m not sure one datum point marks a trend though. This could just as easily be the long tail of the end of anti-Irish sentiment in Britain.

Next he observes that he gets snarky remarks below the line, at the bottom of the Internet:

people began to leave comments under articles I’ve written suggesting it’s time for me to move home and hand my job and house over to a British person.

Brian, the internet is a playground. A book said so, so it must be true. Every columnist who writes provocative pieces gets shit from the playground, and the playgrounders seek out the weak spot in their target. What will most get their back up? What will make them lash out? How do we get a rise? They’re a woman? Must be a bitch/slag/whore/minger/lesbian/shagged her way into her job. Tory? Evil baby-eating capitalist/milk snatcher/industry destroyer/rich/banker. Asian? Probably hiding jihadis in his laundry room. Irish? potato/famine/IRA/thick.

It’s just childish bollocks. That’s all it is. People don’t even believe what they’re saying deep down, they just want to get a rise out of you. It seems to have worked.

Sometimes, Brian continues, it’s not just people who are actually Irish who get grief, either.

It turns out I’m not alone. British-born journalist Brendan O’Neill regularly receives “Paddy-bashing’” abuse for simply having an Irish surname

People are thick, Brian. When Wade pulled off her idiot paedo-naming stunt at the NoW, her readers went after paediatricians, for Chrissakes!

Maybe realising he’s not exactly on solid, indignation inducing ground, he goes back to the knuckle draggers and their march. Their march is actually a ‘counter-march’, against an anti-facism & anti-racism that was planned in Liverpool by something called the James Larkin Society, apparently. James Larkin seems to have been a doyen of Irish workers rights in England. His society seems now to be an all purpose vehicle for radical lefties, bearing the impenetrable armour of being Irish, and therefore able to play the racism card.

Now, the way it looks to me, is that the far-right have caught wind of this protest against them, and decided that they should have some of that. And so the propaganda machine rolled into action.

At least Brian’s analysis of this propaganda is correct. It’s laughable. It’s about as credible as depicting black people living in trees. That is has come to light is a good thing, because it’ll be laughed out of town.

So have we got any evidence of genuine anti-Irish ‘racism’ yet?

I don’t think so. What I think we have is, once again, the far-right capitalising on the legitimate concerns of the lowest paid Brits, and making a fire from the embers of a conflict. Some English people felt sicked by the sight of the Queen shaking the hand of Martin McGuinness. Their distaste is legitimate. It is not racist, or even Xenophobic. I thought the whole occasion was in very poor taste indeed. This only serves to provide convenient fuel to the fire of the idiot fascists.

I think what we’ve also got is a bunch of lefty twats who want to march and make a noise about stuff in the way lefties are wont to do. And we also have a bunch of fascist twats who’ve decided to push everyone of the lefties’ buttons in however crass a way they care to do.

“Right lads. How can we get a rise out of these Paddy c**ts, make sure we get a good scrap out of ‘em?”

“Easy, innit. IRA, blown up kids, potato famine, stealing our jobs, go back where you can from etc etc.”

“Sweet. Toenails, make up 200 signs that say "’No blacks, no dogs, no Irish’”.

It’s just playground bullshit.

And if they’re threatening violence, then let the police take care of them. You’d surely feel slighted  – and a bit disappointed – if a bunch of fascist idiots didn’t threaten violence. And, when it comes to the EDL and the UAF, there’s little doubt that both sides are bang up for it. Why should I believe that this anti-fascist march in Liverpool should be any different?

Can you honestly say that these anti-racist marchers aren’t likely to be up for a ruck with their chosen nemesis? Didn’t foresee, or even subtly provoke the possibility? That their movement couldn’t be just be a conduit for an all purpose Citizen Smith rabble?

It certainly doesn’t convince me that there’s a rise in anything other than idiots, and that isn’t news.

By the way, the use of the term ‘racist’ was Brian’s choice:

The unspoken rule seems to be that Irish people are white, so discriminating against them can’t be racist.

When did racism become conflated with xenophobia? It’s an aside I know, but it’s a long running bug bear. I bet Crick & Watson couldn’t identify any racial or even genetic differences between the modern English and the Irish. So can we stop hijacking words and completely changing their meanings please?

When BBC3 screened RTE’s documentary about Irish rappers last week the soft face of anti-Irish prejudice quickly surfaced on Twitter:

“You should be Happy They Spitting Bars and Not Blowing up Sh*t#IRA

“Irish rappers on bbc three!? Give it a rest, f**k off back to the fiddle and flute you potato eating chumps!“

“Irish rappers!!…potato famine has resulted in some damage chromosomes me thinks”

We’re back in the playground again. And now we’re dealing with jokes. Not good ones, but jokes nevertheless.

I have no reason to believe that anyone who typed any of those tweets would tomorrow sift applicants for a vacancy he’s advertised and bin any with an Irish sounding name. I have no reason to believe that anyone would be denied accommodation, medical treatment or equal pay in Britain on the grounds that they are Irish.

Humans are groupish beings. There has to be an ‘other’ in order for social groups to define themselves. The social group is reinforced by making jokes, disparaging remarks etc about the ‘other’. Humanity isn’t perfect by a long way, but by trying to define and legislate its essence out of existence is absurd and delusional.

Brian continues:

Similar Tweets about any other nationality could potentially get the person arrested or fired from their job, but when the jokes are aimed at the Irish it is written off as “banter”.

He’s right you know. But it is utterly wrong that people should face criminal justice for voicing their opinion, however obnoxious it may be. This whole seeking and taking of offence is a disease in the psyche. It’s what makes the English-speaking world weak and pathetic, and it’s why we will be completely outdone by the Asian & Oriental world in my life time, We will deserve our decline for getting absorbed in bullshit argument about “he called me fat” and “she called me blah blah blah… “

it’s just horseshit, and while we’re arguing with our finger-ends, the rest of the world is overtaking us and quite rightly so.

Ah but,.. the recession.

The recession has scattered an entire generation of Irish youth across the globe, hopeful and idealistic, but ultimately abandoned by our own government and without any networks for support.

There’s a recession on here too, Brian. The lower orders of unskilled workers and the underclass *always* display increasing hostility to outsiders when jobs are scarce and people are on their arses. Find me a country where that isn’t so.

To attribute the whole storm in a whiskey glass to rising Anti-Irish xenophobia seems to me to be bordering on paranoid. I’ve certainly not read anything from Brian to persuade me otherwise.

And as for the Irish state providing ex-pat assistance by way of extended representation.. well maybe they could afford to if they hadn’t joined the Euro and shacked their economy to the magic money tree. But maybe it’d be a silly idea anyway. Has anyone but the French even done such a thing?

I cannot let him get away with his closing paragraph:

A fractured Irish community with no connection between the old generation and the new arrivals can make an easy target.

New arrivals from anywhere. Not just Ireland. You’re not being singled out. You honestly wouldn’t want to be someone with a Kent accent trying to find work in Manchester right now.

Without a sense of our own history anti-Irish sentiment might seem like something that doesn’t affect you, but if left unchecked it could come marching down your street next.

It doesn’t affect you unless you let it affect you. No one (not withstanding a gaggle of skinheads who everyone else is laughing at) is forcing you to be affected.

Brian’s answer seems to be ‘solidarity’ between established Irish communities and new arrivals. Quite how that will achieve anything but to unnecessarily ghettoise them in a victim lobby, I don’t know.

Just madness.

AJ

LOLympics PART1

Oh this is going to be good…

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Interesting that Google Maps is reporting no significant queues on the M4… everything east of the M4 is completely screwed though :-)

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Meanwhile on Twitter, athletes are stuck on a bus…

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I wonder if LOCOG will punish Mr Clement for tweeting bad words about the event.

*snork*

UPDATE @ 14:38

Security deployments all going smoothly and to plan:

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UPDATE @ 20:25

Let’s see if Mr Olympic Coach Driver reports to the police that he ran into this person’s car.

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AJ

Worthwhile listening…

If you haven’t done so already, and you have any interest in the tension between the state, the law, the economy and civil society – or to turn it on it’s head, you want to know why we are a society in decline and ideologically shackled to a discredited set of institutions – you should listen to this year’s BBC Reith Lectures by Niall Ferguson here.

For the BBC, this is post-watershed stuff. Talk of the state being too big, lawyers being too powerful, of capitalism being stifled and stymied by government and politics. Evidenced case studies proving socialist shibboleths to be not just false but malevolent in their outcomes.

Listen to it.

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AJ

Using a sledgehammer to crack your nuts…

If you have been away, perhaps for 2 years, maybe in a coma, you’ll not yet have noticed that the present government is just as bad as, if not worse than, the last lot.

For dreaming up schemes that invade the every orifice of every person, in order to save 1 or 2 from themselves or each other, this one is remarkable.

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It’s the sort of thing that Jacqui Smith, Harriet Harman or Jack Straw would have considered and then backed the hell away from until they needed to one day bury a massive piece of bad news.

First of all, one question should be put to bed: Both men and women can make these enquiries.

Under the scheme, both men and women will be able to apply to check on a partner with whom they are embarking on an "intimate relationship".

But there are a host of questions that immediately spring to mind.

What steps are the police required to undertake to check that this is a genuine and proportionate enquiry?

i.e. Is Sharon, who fancies Kevin who goes in Razzles on a Friday night, able (or indeed supposed) to check his rap-sheet before she decides whether to put her slutty knickers on next time she goes to Razzles?

What details does Sharon need to give the police? A name and address? DoB? NI number?

How do the police know that Sharon is “embarking up on an intimate relationship” with Kevin? Does Kevin know about any of this? Kevin’s wife’s best friend is a civilian officer at the local police station, so perhaps he soon will…

How do the police know that Sharon doesn’t write for the local rag, or The Sun for that matter? How do they know that her name is Sharon? What checks do they do on her? How many times has she made these enquiries now? 8 times this year?

How, for that matter, do the police know that Sharon is not a stalker, a colleague or a neighbour with a grudge?

How does this scheme interact with data protection laws, ECHR rulings, rehabilitation of offenders act etc.?

Precisely what offences will the police be required (or have the discretion) to disclose? If the have discretion, what may be the outcomes of that? An initiative that the CC has inevitably assigned to a DV unit that has come to see all men as offenders? Discretion leads them to disclose too much information about men, and too little about women.

Which brings me to another question: Will men who make the enquiries – as they are equally entitled to do – be treated with a degree of suspicion that women will not be subject to, and therefore more likely to have their request for information denied?”

But it gets better.

Applications will also be allowed from family members, friends and neighbours on behalf of another person if they have a "reasonable" fear that they may be at risk.

Think about that for a moment. Just let it sink in.

Take all the possible problems I’ve alluded to above and raise them to the third power. Now you have an idea of what a monumentally obnoxious initiative this really is.

Honesty. Do you suppose anyone even asked these questions before this travesty of privacy and civil liberties was implemented?

It has all the hallmarks of knee jerk panic. It’s named after a victim who could have been ‘saved’ by this law. Saved. Really?

Either she willingly got into a relationship with a wrongun who she had suspicions about (some damaged people do), or she didn’t have suspicions, and therefore would never have availed herself of this initiative anyway. So in what way would this lunatic scheme have saved her?

And here’s something for The Wimmin to think about while they’re celebrating this latest vicious polarisation of people by gender:

How long will it be before a woman who is a genuine victim of domestic violence is given short shrift by the police (or a desiccated old judge) because she should have checked with them before she shacked up with Steroid Eddie?

I see two forces at play. Firstly is the utterly moonhowlingly insane LibDem wimmins minister Lynn Featherstone. Secondly is Theresa May who has got bigger fish to fry and couldn’t give a fuck about your privacy or liberties.

And as above, if you’d awoken from a 3 year coma to hear about this, you’d completely expect this to have been a Labour initiative.

Our system is diseased. None of these three main parties full of stooges, spivs, leeches, psychopaths and egotists gives a tuppeny shit about your freedom or privacy, compared to their twisted self-serving ideologies.

If you vote for them, you deserve everything you get. Me? I didn’t vote for them. Stop assuming what it is I want and deserve.

AJ

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