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Will our jails cope with Thatcher’s passing?

Someone has been jailed for four months for:

wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with offensive comments about the police hours after two officers were murdered.  [He] was jailed for eight months after admitting a public order offence by displaying writing with intention to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

As the law stands, the conviction is probably sound, given the deicsion to prosecute.  I have little doubt that, in the context of that day’s events, the T-shirt wearer did cause distress to some people, and the fact that he spent time putting the words on the T-shirt does suggest he meant it.

But  the decision to prosecute surely provides a worrying precedent.   In the next few years, an ex-Prime Minister, reviled and adored in more or less equal measure across the country as a whole, is likely to breathe her last.  It will be big news. 

The internet is already full of calls to celebrate her passing*.   There will no doubt be acts and words used which might be considered as intending to distress others, and there will almost certainly be complaints to the police.  

Perhaps, in the interests of keeping down the prison budget, the CPS might advise people how they intend to react.

* Personally, I think such calls are silly.




Categories: General Politics
  1. Chris
    October 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I can’t abide people who get offended by what other people say. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.

    This should not be illegal, he shouldn’t have been arrested, shouldn’t have been prosecuted and shouldn’t have been jailed. Britain is a joke country.

  2. Edgar
    October 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    They send you to jail for that!!!!!!! Did I fall asleep?????

    This is far far far worse than the pussy riot injustuce.

  3. redpesto
    October 16, 2012 at 11:33 am

    “The internet is already full of calls to celebrate her passing”

    Are people really going to get prosecuted in relation to this or this or this? Or only if they start singing them in public?

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