His Grace, one of the few Christians to spout some sense, has drawn my attention to a Home Office Consultation that is currently running online AND FINISHES TOMORROW, regarding various topics very, very close to my heart. Namely:
- the relevance of the word ‘insulting‘ in section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986
- new powers to request removal of face coverings
- new powers to impose curfews
Where to begin.
If you are reading this, chances are, you are a moron. There, have I insulted you? I'm asking because I have no idea if what I just stated has insulted you. Only YOU can be the judge of what you find insulting, yet plans are afoot for it to be a criminal offence to "insult" someone. So if you feel insulted, there is nothing to stop you ringing 999 and having the evil perpetrator banged up, DNA'ed and given a criminal record, although they will have had absolutely no idea that their actions or words have insulted you. If we criminalise "insults", we shut up everyone and everything. For ever. Do you want to live in a society where you dare not speak in case the State decides your words may cause offence to people you will never meet? Now's your chance to speak against it, USE IT, whilst you still can.
Now, I choose to be anonymous on my many public outings because, well, my face is my business. Unless I am actually committing a crime, it is not the business of the State to know what I look like anymore than it is the business of the State to randomly sweep bus stop queues for fingerprints. One of the reasons I wear a mask is because of the habit of the state to record the faces of those "who might" cause trouble, "for future reference". The Met employ teams of photographers to take photos of any members of public who may be dissenting, sticks them on a database and cross references them. No thanks. My face belongs to me, it is my property, I will cover it when and if I choose. Naturally, this proposal is stop women wearing Burqas because some sensitive souls "may be offended" (see above), but as always, I say it is not the role of the State to dictate how I may dress. Here's a video of me winding up the Met's "future intelligence Team" trying to take my photo whilst I was minding my own business (for your amusement)
Lastly, the Police want to have powers to impose curfews as and when they decide it would be far easier for them to just clear the streets and not have to deal with pesky members of the public going about their lawful business. Be warned. Once this starts, it will NEVER stop. Long gone are the very principles of Peel whereby the Police are the Public and the Public are the Police: this draws the line very clearly indeed. Them. And Us. It HAS to be stopped. This land belongs to us, not the authorities, we are not sheep, to be herded back into our pens at the whim of the shepherd.
I'd hope things would get better after 13 years of the ridiculous authoritarianism of Labour. It looks like they are going to get worse. Make a stand, do it now. If you don't, the Police will have the right to shut you up, photograph you in the street on demand and then ban you from leaving your house.
Quite, quite remarkable. Possibly the last chance to have our voice heard. Right HERE