The paper popularly known as the uber-lite Daily Mail today relegated a story on the media’s latest victory for free speech to page 23, and left the front page to someone who is merely confused, albeit fatally. Why were they not celebrating that poor old Kurt Walker has had his case dropped by Kent Police. The Fedz* were onto him a while back when he shocked the nation with his four letter outburst in a public place, but after it made the front page of the acceptable-cos-its-free face of der steurmer the case was dropped “on the grounds they don’t have enough evidence”.
What a pile of turgid horseshit. The reason that Mr Walker was not involuntarily violated by every truncheon within thirty miles for his crimes is the vast gulf between rhetoric and reality that has emerged in this supposedly liberal democracy. Although it is probably news to most people, the use of ‘offensive language’ in public became illegal in 2003 as part of Rev. Blairs ‘Respect’ agenda. I can only think of the Iraq war and candyfloss that are more spun and harder to swallow. I pray to my whatever deity listens to atheists that someone asked in vicar’s questions who exactly this respect should be directed towards. Every single one of God’s creatures, excepting those who taketh his Lord’s name in vain, in the sight of an officer of the law, before the watershed? Or perhaps the Great Bearded One himself, who will be indeed needing all the props we can give him if his to judge favourably our Reverend’s Adventures in The East?
Kurt Walker still has his £80 because he knew that he needed the press on his side to embarrass the pigs into dropping the case. According to the letter of the law, he is a dangerous criminal and deserves to be punished. He had the misfortune of offending one of the bigots whose sensibilities it is now illegal to upset. This seems not to include anyone who is offended by our government invading foreign countries to increase the likelihood of someone putting a bomb on my train Or the home secretary riding roughshed on our democratic checks and balances in order to make us pay a hundred quid for a worthless piece of plastic Far more important, it would seem, is protecting the ears of those who find the manner a person chooses to express themselves with. I think we can expect the imminent banning of Hamlet thanks to the Dane’s quip regarding ‘country matters’. Save our ears.
*not an accurate description of Deal’s pig population, but allthe cool kids are doing it