Hate to Hate you, Baby

I have a very mixed opinion of James Kirkup. He’s a wet centrist with some very fanciful views on almost any topic you care to think of. Read any of his ramshackle think-tank’s output for confirmation that there’s very little on which he and I could agree, starting with the existence and munificence of the magic money tree.

But he’s done some stellar work in the Spectator on the matter of transgenderism and the silencing of any dissent or questioning of this bizarre new orthodoxy.

Today he brings us a tale that shouldn’t surprise us but still ought to manifest anger, depression and despair.

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To cut a long story short, Harry Miller – a former copper, owner of a company that employs 70 people, and upstanding member of the community – has a traditional opinion on the matter of transgenderism. He questions assertions that a trans-woman is the same as a born woman.

In the course of expressing his lawful opinion, he ‘liked’ and retweeted a poem that someone else posted on twitter that essentially says ‘trans-women are not women, don’t treat us like we were born yesterday’.

Someone subsequently trawled his twitter, compiled a selection of 30 ‘hate tweets’ that he had made, and made a complaint to Humberside Police.

A PC from Humberside Police looked to track down Mr Miller and, presumably using kindergarten-level Google-fu, tracked him down to his company, where the PC spoke to a company director who – de facto – works for Miller.

When Miller contacted the copper who’d made the enquiry, to find out what the story was, he was subjected to a half-hour hectoring about the ‘hate incident’ (i.e. not a crime) that had been raised against him. The copper gave him a lecture on transgenderism that a right-on teacher may deliver to a schoolchild.

Miller was told that he must ‘check his thinking’, and made sinister suggestions that this could lead to him being in trouble with his employer (the copper not realising that Miller owned the company).

Now, this is at once absurd and sinister, but there are a couple of points that Mr Kirkup doesn’t explore in his otherwise good piece about this incident.

The first is that since Miller is an ex-copper, he knows how to handle other coppers, and how to conduct himself when in communication with coppers. For the rest of us, the first law is “do not talk to the police – you can never get yourself out of trouble, but you can sure get yourself into it.”

In other words, if Miller had been rash or naive enough to say anything out of line he could have ended up on a spurious catch-all charge cooked up by the copper and his sergeant (public order, communications act, obstructing a police officer, hate crime etc). He knew that and kept his counsel. Someone else might have just told the copper to untwist his knickers and piss off, then spent the next 12 hours in a cell.

The second point, which I haven’t yet alluded to here is that Mr Miller considers himself to be pretty ‘right-on’. Speaking of his exchange with the PC, he says:

‘He said he would be passing my answers on to the complainant. I told him to tell that person I would gladly talk to them, that I’d like to take them out to dinner so we could have a conversation about this. I’d explain that I am a strong supporter of the 2010 Equality Act, and explain my concerns about possible reforms of the Gender Recognition Act and how that could affect legal rights for women.’

Whic goes to show that toeing the PC line and hoping the lynch-mob will hang you last is not going to protect you.

Admirably though, Miller says that he has no intention of changing how he acts, thinks, speaks or tweets.

How will he respond to the police attention? Will he change his approach to tweeting? He says no. ‘Free speech is a hill that we have to fight on. If we can’t express ourselves freely within the law, none of the other rights we have mean anything.’

It’s easy to see, though, that someone who doesn’t have the firm footing that Miller has – as an ex-copper and well established company owner – may feel that they needed to bite their tongue in future.

All in all, this is a great distillation of everything that is wrong with ‘hate-crime’ laws, and with the so-called Conservative government, and the so-called Conservative prime minister, who have folded – with alacrity – in the face of the progressive cult of weaponised victimhood, and enabled the cult, contrary to all good sense about what it means to be a free and fair society.

In the meantime, by the way, a little consideration of the proper priorities for a police force may be given consideration. From Humberside Police’s own website:

Humberside has seen a 24% increase in the number of Violence against the Person offences, which is above the national increase of 19%. 

The publication also shows an increase in the number of recorded Sexual Offences, which is up 14% nationally and 19% locally.

AJ

I.. err… whut?

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Where does one even start with this? The Islamic desire to wipe Jews off the face of the Earth?

Or a totalitarian politico-religious hegemony with global interests and ambitions that declaims, and declares war on, all those who don’t subscribe to their murderous, dark-ages, sky-pixie diktats?

Yeah.. actually.. that’ll do. Self-awareness fail.

It’s like Myra Hindley comparing Ronald McDonald to Ian Brady.

Fuck. Off.

AJ

Royally Screwed

A woman who works for a clothes shop marries an anachronistic parasite and sooner or later, as if by magic, she’ll be the Queen. Of my country. Remarkable.

Labour truly mastered that social mobility brief, didn’t they?

This could truly be the bleakest winter in a long time. The media dribble, the imbecilic cooing women, the deluded fat men, sat in pubs droning on about what they’d do to ‘her’ and the jokes about queening.

The burial of bad news, the uniquely obsequious BBC coverage, the pissing of our stolen money right in our faces to pay for lavish events for the politicos and the slebs.

Seriously, for whom is this inevitable pantomime a good thing? It certainly won’t help my blood pressure.

I hope Twitter agrees on a hashtag soon, so I can block it.

AJ

Oh good

What a fine idea this is:

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Companies that fail to register their energy use by next month will be hit with fines that could reach £45,000 under the little-known rules.

Those that do participate in the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) initiative by declaring their energy use will face charges for every ton of greenhouse gas they produce.

Errr… wait – don’t they already pay electricity bills for, you know, the electricity they fucking use?

These payments are expected to average £38,000 a year for medium-sized firms, and could reach £100,000 for larger organisations.

The that’s the cost of anything up to 3 full time employees, per employer.

Genius.

Joined up as well, eh?

The imposition of new charges and fines will put pressure on firms at a time when economists are warning of a “double dip” recession as companies, consumers and the public sector all cut their spending.

Business leaders criticised the CRC — which was created by Labour but implemented by the Coalition — as “complex and bureaucratic”. One accused ministers of swinging “a big hammer” at companies and questioned whether it would have any environmental benefits.

So why can’t they ditch the scheme? Lib Dems or EU?

AJ

Conflation, conflation, conflation

Cameron and his DibLem buddies are going to war on benefit fraud.

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Now, I’ve no doubt this will be another bully-state clusterfuck of injustice and non-materialising savings.

But what’s the standard lefty wail when anyone mentions a crack-down on benefit fraud?

Let me give you a brief demonstration:

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Tax ‘dodging’. Well, first of all, tax evasion is already illegal and even the blameless who’ve had a brush with HMRC know that no punches are pulled in recovering whatever the revenue decides you owe.

Tax avoidance. Well, obviously that’s not only legal, but ethical too. And anyone who doesn’t evaluate their options for minimising their tax exposure is, frankly, a fool.

There was an aside:

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Okay, the ‘Im paying for this’ thing is a bit of an affectation of mine, but at its root is the fact that I presume to speak for no-one but myself.

As for those ‘bloody pennies’. Well, I paid about 3,000,000 of those fucking pennies to HMRC last year – evidence enough, I think, that all those ‘bloody pennies’ add up.

Moreover, Gordon Brown thought that taxing us by a few pennies here and a few pennies there would be fine, no-one would notice or care. And yet we’re grossly over-taxed and under-served. Under-served I could cope with, if I were under-taxed.

But back to the main matter:

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Ah yes that’s right – let’s continue with an absurd proposition.

Murder is against the law. So is speeding.

Benefit fraud is against the law. Tax avoidance is not against the law. In fact the law provides for tax avoidance in many (albeit ever diminishing) ways.

My reply to Mr Vowl…

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… caused him to block me.

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Which saves the self-regarding lefty prick from acknowledging that his logic is absurd, and should have been educated out of him by the time he was 8 years old.

But if course I must be wrong, because I’m not the one being followed by 5000 sycophantic cretins.

Ho hum.

AJ

UPDATE: After some more reading, prompted by twittist @sarahluv81, it seems that the common definition of tax evasion vs avoidance:

Tax avoidance is the legal utilization of the tax regime to one’s own advantage, to reduce the amount of tax that is payable by means that are within the law. By contrast, tax evasion is the general term for efforts to not pay taxes by illegal means.

.. has been superceded – or at least refined – in English law.

The United Kingdom and jurisdictions following the UK approach (such as New Zealand) have recently adopted the evasion/avoidance terminology as used in the United States: evasion is a criminal attempt to avoid paying tax owed while avoidance is an attempt to use the law to reduce taxes owed.

There is, however, a further distinction drawn between tax avoidance and tax mitigation. Tax avoidance is a course of action designed to conflict with or defeat the evident intention of Parliament: IRC v Willoughby.[22] Tax mitigation is conduct which reduces tax liabilities without “tax avoidance” (not contrary to the intention of Parliament), for instance, by gifts to charity or investments in certain assets which qualify for tax relief. This is important for tax provisions which apply in cases of “avoidance”: they are held not to apply in cases of mitigation.

This is supported by HMRC’s heavyweight owning of the term ‘avoidance’.

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In which case, Mr Vowl’s point is still moot. Avoidance & evasion are pursued with zeal.

The result is in: ConDemFail

16th July:

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My fingers were crossed for a triumph of hope over experience.

Today:

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Theresa May, the Home Secretary, will today announce she plans to sign up to the so-called European Investigation Order (EIO), The Daily Telegraph understands.

That’s it, then. The honeymoon is absolutely 100% over.

Liberties endangered, powers given away to the EU, without a referendum.

Slow hand clap for Cameron and May, everybody.

AJ

Power of speech vanishing

… must breathe.

I could just about cope with yesterday’s Facebook stupidity vis. Raoul Moat.

Via @RantinRab though, I see things have escalated.

First though, you’ll need an emollient. Allow me:

picards-facebalm 

Ready? Here we go:

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Raoul was one of a kind, a very caring man who worshiped the ground his kids walked on … they were his life and without them he didnt feel like he could carry on

For all those who dont agree with this page Raoul may have done things wrong but he was still human
and a really kind one, you would never dream he could hurt a fly he was the gentle giant, true what
they say never judge a book by its cover and people shouldnt judge till they’ve heard all the FACTS
because they will be revealed one day and then people might understand why someone felt the need to do the things he did
xx ♥ ♥ xx R.I.P. Raoul xx ♥ ♥ xx

Light a Candle
Light a candle for those we mourn.
Into a new life they will be born.
Do not look for them at the gravesite.
They are somewhere else radiating their beautiful light.
They have gone to a new world where there is no darkness, no pain.
Their light and essence will always remain.
Light a candle for those who have left this mortal place.
They are free to travel through time and space.
When we think of them, they are near.
When we sit in a beautiful garden. Their voices we hear.
When we listen to a divine symphony,
We close our eyes, their faces we see.
Light a candle for they have not really gone.
With each flickering flame, in your hearts they will always belong.

If you’re thinking of having your say, all comments on the page are subject to approval.

Please remember this is a tribute page for the friends and family of Raoul, although he did wrong in
his life they should still be able to grieve for their loss ALL ACTIVITY on this page requires
approval …. negative tributes will be blocked

Well, since ‘negative tributes’ will be blocked, I’ll turn to the Daily Mail for some.. ahem… balance.

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And:

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Mr Moulding said in one instance Moat had shown officers where some stolen number plates were hidden.

Moat first became known to the police in 2000 when he was held for conspiracy to murder. He was freed without charge.

In 2005 he was charged over possessing a knuckle-duster and a samurai sword.

Despite admitting having an offensive weapon he walked away with an absolute discharge, a sentence usually reserved for defendants who get a tougher sentence at the same time for another crime.

Moat was also involved in minor scams such as driving away from petrol stations without paying for fuel.

A source who knew of Moat’s history said: ‘You would expect a man capable of shooting and killing to have a series of convictions. Moat was detained onmany occasions yet was barely touched by the courts. He had a charmed life.’

Another source close to the case said: ‘He was arrogant whenever court officials dealt with him. He thought he was above the law.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1293951/Gunman-Raoul-Moat-police-informant-years.html#ixzz0tT6CV2zy

So, back to the ‘tributes’:

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Oh yeah – words are coming back to me now:

YOU SICK, THICK CUNTS. ROT IN HELL.

That should cover it.

AJ

Abolishing Laws: Ur doin it wrong.

In my view, David Laws got off to an extremely impressive start as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Even the anecdotes apparently cast him in a good light.

So my jaw and spirits dropped to the floor as I watched the current imbroglio unfold last night.

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I haven’t read blogs yet today, but I expect there are demands for his head from left, right and centre.

Even given my generous view of Laws so far, I don’t believe he can, or should, survive in his post.

On the face of it, his approach to his expenses lacks probity. Whether he was in breach of the letter or the spirit of rules that are already discredited is neither here nor there.

While Laws must shoulder his responsibility and act with honour, he’s not the only one who got it badly wrong.

Cameron and Clegg both failed to apply rigour in vetting. Each appointment should have been preceded by a process of full discovery and disclosure.

For a start, it’s no big deal to work out what candidates’ potential exposure to the expenses scandal is, without even asking them.

Secondly, if Laws was asked if there was anything Clegg/Cameron should know, and he didn’t disclose at least his expenses exposure, and preferably his other skeletons, then he should not only lose his post in government, he should trigger a by-election and let his constituents decide.

But really, it just doesn’t make any sense. Lots of politicians and others in public life are openly gay. While homophobia can still be found amongst the elderly,the religious and some immigrant groups, I genuinely do not think it forms a part of mainstream British culture in the 21st century.

Who exactly was he hiding this sexuality from? Every one except his other half, it seems. But why?

I mean, in this day and age – and correct me if I’m wrong, gayers – why would you not stick to your guns? We’re here, we’re smoking each others poles, we’re proud, get used to it.

Friends – don’t like that I’m gay? Goodbye and good-riddance.

Family – don’t like that I’m gay? Even easier. Can’t choose them, don’t even need to reflect on one’s own poor choices before ditching them.

Anyway, what next?

If Laws survives, it’s doubtful he would carry the credibility and respect required of whoever is to deliver the debtectomy this country needs over the next few years.

If Laws falls on his sword*, who should replace him?

The most likely candidates are my nightmare, Vince Cable, and our best hope, Philip Hammond.

Selecting Cable would cause uproar on the Tory right. Selecting Hammond would mean replacing a LibDem with a Tory. A pretty big reshuffle would be needed to restore the coalition equilibrium. Less than one month into the administration, both options are inconceivable, particularly after Cameron’s ludicrous scuffle with the 1922 committee last week.

So, what then?

AJ

* Don’t. I are respectable serious bloggist. K? Ahem.

Transparency: You’re doing it wrong

Your data isn’t safe in the hands of HMRC. Previously, they lost confidential details of 25 million people.

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Around 19,000 individuals were sent other people’s personal information in the post along with their annual award notice.

They each received one page of someone else’s tax credit renewal form which included a variety of different personal details.

These included names, addresses and dates of birth, as well as parts of bank account numbers, salary details and National Insurance numbers.

Another 31,000 people received the correct forms, although they were jumbled up in the mail-out, which started on Saturday.

One woman from Hyde in Greater Manchester said she had received a letter that included her neighbour’s earnings.

Geniuses. They JUST DON’T CARE about the actual and potential damage they do.

AJ

Déjà vu, again.

Back in September, I noted this case:

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Today, I see something very similar:

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Surprise!

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And…

Two other men, Reon Hall and Aaron Gelly, both 20 and from Surrey, were sentenced to nine years each in June for their role in the sustained three-hour attack.

From Surrey? Let’s be crystal clear about this: Croydon and Thornton Heath are in Surrey. I doubt they are from Godalming.

Savages.

AJ

Your Country

A song written by exiled Ukrainians seems appropriate, somehow:

Your country raised you
your country fed you
And just like any other country
It will break you
On front line send you
Tax the hell out of you
And just like any other country
It will lock you up you!

But unfortunately there’ll be no judgement day
It would be kind of fun to see
What they would have to say
When the god they preached
Would actually be there
And all who didn’t like The Stooges
Would go to fucking hell!

What are all these countries
How did they appear?
Who cut up the cake?
Who brought up all this gear?
Did it have to do anything
With its people’s will?
I don’t know, I don’t know
I don’t know my dear…

But even all the garbage
they pour over our eyes
Does not prevent us from living
Most magical of lifes

Now it’s six in the morning
I’m down in New Orleans
Sister paintings on the wall
They will speak to me
And up later on we resume salutations
to the rest of local Tribal Connections

Quite.

AJ

Paul Chambers GUILTY! WTF!??

He was prosecuted under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 for sending an “indecent, obscene or menacing” message.

The more I dwell upon this, the more I feel sick to my stomach. This country is ruined and there truly is tyranny.

My commiserations to Paul Chambers, and here’s hoping the sentence will be lenient, and not even a sniff of custodial.

More anon.

AJ

(Background here)

UPDATE: £1000 fine.

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UPDATE: With pledges of help with Paul’s fine mounting up on Twitter, Old Holborn is on the case of (i) finding out if Paul wants this help and (ii) getting it done.

Breath-taking nonsense goes to the next level

I’ve been following the election for about a day now.

I can’t take any more of it.

I’ve grown used to the fact that every time a politician opens his mouth, a turd falls in my drink.

Now, though, it’s all tangibly worse than it was even this time last week.

The final straw, in case you were wondering, was David Miliband on WATO squealing that failing to raise NI rates next year would take vital money out of the economy. Even after he’d been told by an economist and leading businessman that this view is economically illiterate. Which of course it is.

The problem is that most of the population are also economically illiterate.

No number of graphs, historic or otherwise, will correct this.

So, it’s just possible that Milipede, Brown, Balls, Darling et al will get away with their blatant repetitive shite.

And I can’t bear to watch it happen.

AJ

Useless Labour Twats

Over the last couple of months, one way and another, Brown had become associated with the terms battler, underdog, fighter and tenacity.

He had the upper hand in the public imagination, against shiny Dave.

Then they did this:

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Imagine the meeting, where no-one with any clout piped up and said, “are you fucking retarded, or what? Casting your nemesis as a supposed (and embraced) ‘British Hero’ from better times?”

This is the beginning of the end of Labour’s chances, because it shows they have completely lost the plot.

AJ

UPDATE: Ladbrokes have put Labour back to 10/1 from 9/1 to win a majority.

UPDATE 2: Well, Labour have finally done something Cameron can’t. They’ve united the right, and the commentards, in howling gales of laughter at their monumental cock-up.

Spectator:

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Paul Waugh:

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… and the Twatter Hoards.

And via ConHome:

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But look out everyone, because fatty Prescott is fighting back:

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That’s right folks, John Prescott just called someone out for being a fat bastard.

Oh and on Labour’s epic Digital Economy Bill IP fail.