When visiting the UK, be careful of one's speech, or one might be wearing the Queen's Broad arrow and visiting the Old Bailey. There is no free speech amendment in the UK. Political correctness reigns supreme -- even at the cost raping 1,400 young girls. (I've posted on the Rotherham situation several times.
"Matthew Doyle of London ruined his life when he confronted a Muslim woman in his neighborhood and asked her to “explain Brussels”—a reference to the recent Muslim-perpetrated terrorist attack in the capital of the EU. “Nothing to do with me,” the woman replied, a response that failed to satisfy Doyle. The two parted ways, which should have been the end of it.
But then Doyle made the fatal mistake of recounting the incident on Twitter. His story was not well received in cyberspace where several people tweeted their disapproval, some of whom called upon his employer, a well-known London talent agency, to fire him. Finally, Doyle did the unthinkable and—gasp!—tweeted a slur.
“Who cares if I insulted some towelhead?? Really.” Shortly thereafter the bobbies were leading him away in handcuffs.
It’s not clear if he was arrested for his original tweet or any of his subsequent tweets but we do know that he was charged with “inciting racial hatred” under the Public Order Act, a regrettable abortion of a law that ought not exist in any country that claims to be free. Passed in 1986, the law originally banned “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior” and it was supposedly intended to curtail soccer hooliganism, though I suspect that that was actually a pretext. In 2013, the law was amended so that speech that is merely “insulting” is no longer a crime as long as no specific “victim” can be identified. If the Doyle incident is any indicator, the change was merely semantic. Whiners have simply learned to describe offensive speech as “abusive” rather than “insulting,” two words that mean more or less the same thing.
You’d think that the cops would have bigger fish to fry. This is Britain after all, which happens to have the highest violent crime rate in Europe. Shouldn’t the police concern themselves with street gangs or something? It might free up some of the cops’ time and resources if they’d quit policing internet thought crimes for a while. Just a suggestion.
It bears remembering that this is the same country where multiple child sex rings were exposed starting in 2013, the largest and best known of which was centered on the city of Rotherham. The Rotherham scandal involved mostly Pakistani men trafficking school aged white British girls. Authorities were alerted to the existence of the sex ring in 2002 but chose to do nothing for fear of inciting hatred against religious and ethnic minorities. A whistleblower was pressured to keep quiet and ordered to take an “ethnicity and diversity course.”
So there you have it—British law enforcement ignored a child sex ring for eleven years but not for one moment will they tolerate a white guy using the word “towelhead.”