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The Kent Police are Fascists – arrest me too ( I have not burned any poppies)

Tom Winnifrith
Monday 12 November 2012

Kent Police have arrested a man for posting a picture of a burning poppy on twitter. This is fascism. It is not what folks died to protect in World War Two. It is not justifiable and if Kent Police wish to arrest me as well for calling them Fascists I shall be at Real Man Pizza Company at 91-95 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5BX on Wednesday at noon. I shall see you then.

The Fascists, sorry Kent Police force, released an official statement saying that the man, from Aylesham, was detained on Sunday night on suspicion of making malicious telecommunications and that he was in custody awaiting interview.

You will note that burning a poppy, though distasteful, is not illegal. The Police have however arrested this imbecile for posting a picture of a burning poppy (it is not clear if he actually burned the poppy himself) online. We are thus once again in the realm of the increasingly Orwellian British State being allowed to arrest anyone who says anything on twitter or on a T-shirt or on Facebook which it deems some may find offensive, in other words which it finds offensive.

This is not the way that a free society operates. Were this to be an isolated episode I would just put it down to one or two morons in the Kent Police acting in an unthinking manner. But this sort of act is now becoming an every day occurrence. Life in Airstrip One is becoming increasingly unbearable.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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