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That Twitter crime wave. Who is to blame?

Twitter anger over airport conviction - Crime, UK - The Independent

There is much anger about the ludicrous conviction (recently upheld on appeal) of Twitter user Paul Chambers. Frustrated at the prospect of not being able to fly to meet a girlfriend, he tweeted (with clear comedic intent):-

Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!

Much cyber-ire has been directed at the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the judge about this case. It is all misdirected. This "offence" was not created by them. The Common Law is incapable of such imbecility. Craziness of this kind requires Parliament. Frankly, I doubt anyone involved believes this was an appropriate use of the hammer of criminal justice. They are simply enforcing the ludicrous, play-to-the-Daily-Mail-gallery, Terrorism Act.
Bully Nor should you blame the policemen who arrested a Tory Councillor for suggesting in jest that the infuriating Yasmin Alibhai-Brown be stoned to death. No sane person believes this was an appropriate, still less a just, response to a bad joke about a bad joke. The officers of the law were enforcing the ludicrous "hate crime" (as opposed to "I really really like you crime") legislation of - you've guessed it - the idiots lately ejected from office.

Blame those who complained, by all means. Blame those who should know better who fall for the student union-grade idiocy of criminalising speech, not actions. Blame above all the Party that devised these laws. Blame increasingly, with every day they remain un-repealed, the coalition government that allows them to remain in force. But don't blame the foot-soldiers of the law who are - I am confident - embarrassed and humiliated by their roles in these farces.

These laws are wrong. They are unjust. They disrespect the tradition of free speech that so much defines who we English are - or should be. I can understand why people are angry. But let's direct our anger accurately.  Pity the policemen and judges. Hate the politicians. And please don't forget to despise vigorously the un-English cowards who cry for "protection" from the "offence" harsh words may bring.

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