A Labour councillor calls a Conservative councillor an Oreo in Bristol. Shamefully the Conservative party reported this to the police. The Labourite got a caution. The word in question is an insult for a dark skinned person who behaves like a white. It is most revealing that to behave like a white is now grounds for being insulted! So white behaviour is a legitimate target for stereotyping. The Labour man said this because the Tory did not agree to to Gospel according to St Politically Correct. On the one hand it is gratifying to see the socialist hoisted on his own petard. The list of banned words is patronising, illiberal and frightening. I do not like the use of racial epithets in normal conversation. In my opinion there is a defence of artistic licence in a play or something. But the use of nasty words should not be a matter for the police. Aren’t there many more serious matters to deal with. The trouble is the PC mindset is now sine qua non for promotion or even induction in the police.
We are bound to disagree with each other. Anything that causes distress or alarm is a crime. A policeman of about 20 years service told me this. How tempting to go after normal people who say something a tad off colour rather than tackle a dangerous thug? It is scary that the police should deem it meet to charge people in connection with harmless jokes in private however distasteful these may be. Ken Livingstone is one of the merkins responsible for this. Back in the 1980s when he has hair above his mouth was when he most spoke like a cunt.
For all I care people may stereotype white conduct and perform skits on it. You will not see me protetsting against this.
I have been on Trafalgar Square at New Year some while back. I have seen people climb over the barriers and into the fountains and the police make no attempt to stop. On the one hand this is good as people are being allowed to take the risk. They are drunk and may slip and crack their heads open, that is why the barriers are there. No doubt they’ll sue the council for compensation despite the man endangering himself. But the barrier was there and the police have not tried to uphold the rule they have announced. This brings them into contempt. I have seen a man dressed as a spliff shout right into the copper’s face ”fuck the police the wankers” and do the V signs. This man was not arrested. I am not against swearing. Personal insults should not be seen as criminal matters. But this was a patent breach of the peace. The failure to apprehend this man let things deteriorate. I know the police need to marshall their manpower for when it is really necessary. Early intervention does send a good message though. To nick this man would take the police officer off the streets for hours filling forms.
There are many police who will agree with my message. It is the fault of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) and later regulations. PACE was good in parts in that is granted free legal representation to all being questioned. The rules force the police to fill out reams of paperwork for each arrest. Many police officers are deeply frustrated by all this hogwash that hampers their work. I have seen schools’ ethnic monitoring forms that ask people to pick on eof 97 different categories. Why do we need to know? This race fixation of the liberal left is unhealthy and intrusive. They shift the goal posts on racism. We had discrimination in the 1960s all right. There is very little now. But any ethnic minority person can claim to be a victim of racism and get a good pay out from it.
I admire France in some aspects. For instance, they do not monitor race and religion. The state takes no corporate view of these things. The state says that all Frenchmen are French and the state is colour blind. The state does not bend over backwards for relgious nutters.
On the other hand the burka ban in France takes away too much personal autonomy. Hijabs seem rather harmless to me. I am not a secular zealot. The Church of England being the established church does no evil. I concur with Lord Falkland’s aphorism, ”That which it is not necessary to change it is necessary not to change.”
Arresting people for wearing a burka in France. That is wasting police time. Notably Al Qa’eda has said it shall take vengeance on France for this. So it is not about foreign policy so much. Of all Western countries France is among the most friendly to Palestine etc… I disapprove of the burka ban but acknowledge a state’s right to make such laws even when they seem to me to be an incursion into the zone of individual choice. Al Qa’eda does not agree. Their ‘police action’ will be on the harsh side.