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 Offsite Article: A Breach of the Asbo Induced Peace...


Link Here 17th November 2013
UK Government arms Councils to be given powers to ban peaceful protests that might disturb local residents

See article from independent.co.uk

 

 Offsite Article: New Asbo plans are assault on basic freedom...


Link Here 9th November 2013
ken macdonald Former DPP Lord Macdonald's Plans to replace Asbos with wide ranging new orders clamping down on anything likely to cause annoyance amount to gross state interference with basic freedoms

See article from telegraph.co.uk

 

 Update: British Bollox...

Naked Rambler's conviction under the catch all public order act upheld on appeal


Link Here 1st November 2013  full story: Naked Rambler...Stephen Gough imprisoned for being naked
Old Bailey A man known as the naked rambler has lost a high court challenge against a conviction for supposedly violating public order when he walked through a town centre wearing only walking boots, socks and a hat.

Two judges in London rejected an appeal by Stephen Gough who says it is his human right to be naked in public.

Gough was convicted in March at Calderdale magistrates court in Halifax, West Yorkshire , of a breach of the Public Order Act relating to a 15-minute morning walk through the town with his genitalia on plain view .

Dismissing the appeal, Brian Leveson, President of the Queen's bench division of the high court, and Mr Justice Openshaw, ruled that the district judge who dealt with the case at the magistrates court was clearly entitled to conclude that, by walking through a town centre entirely naked, he was violating public order .

At an appeal hearing earlier this month, the two judges heard submissions from a barrister on Gough's behalf that he posed no threat to the public, and was not abusive or insulting -- he was doing no more than walking in his natural state without interfering with others, not promoting what he does or challenging those who may disagree .

Counsel for the director of public persecutions had argued that his conduct was plainly disorderly behaviour within the meaning of the Public Order Act.

Leveson claimed there was nothing passive about Gough's conduct that day in that he knew full well that many members of the public would both be alarmed and distressed by the sight of his naked body whether or not others would take a more benign view and whatever the origins or psychological reasons for that alarm and distress .

 

 Extract: We Are What We Hate...

Salman Rushdie introduces the phrase 'culture of offendedness' to describe what modern society has become


Link Here 12th August 2013

Fury Salman Rushdie Novelist Salman Rushdie spoke out against a new culture of offendedness yesterday, saying that people increasingly define ourselves by hate .

Speaking to a sellout crowd on the opening day of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Midnight's Children author said:

I do think that one of the characteristics of our age is the growth of this culture of offendedness. It has to do with the rise of identity politics, where you're invited to define your identity quite narrowly -- you know, Western, Islamic, whatever it might be.

Classically, we have defined ourselves by the things we love. By the place which is our home, by our family, by our friends. But in this age we're asked to define ourselves by hate. That what defines you is what pisses you off. And if nothing pisses you off, who are you?

...Read the full article

 

  The high priests of PC given an unholy tangled mess to sort out...

Home Office to be investigated by ASA for mentioning unmentionable people breaking unmentionable laws


Link Here 10th August 2013

home office trailerAn investigation into the Home Office Go Home ad vans campaign has been launched by the UK advert censor following a series of complaints.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) confirmed they launched their investigation after receiving 60 complaints expressing concerns that the ads were reminiscent of slogans used by racist groups to attack immigrants in the past .

The regulator said some complaints also centred around the claim that 106 arrests last week in your area made in the advert was misleading.

Last month, adverts displayed on billboards transported by vans in six London boroughs were driven around in a Government effort to tell overstaying migrants to go home , or face arrest and deportation.

 

 Update: Arranging Flowers whilst the Church Sinks...

Archbishop gets heavy about enforcing CRB vetting checks on flower arrangers


Link Here 25th July 2013  full story: Vetting Workers...UK vets all adults to work with kids

rowan atkinson this means you videoFlower arrangers, refreshment stall staff and Church sidesmen could face CRB vetting checks if they have substantial contact with children.

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has warned that the Church is now being utterly ruthless in its approach to CRB checks despite saying that cases of abuse are now negligible .

In his most outspoken comments on the issue since his appointment earlier this year, the Archbishop said that volunteers refusing checks are being told: You can't come to church . He said:

The whole structure has changed. I know a safeguarding officer who went into a very traditional church recently...a number of people who had been members of the church for years and years and years, refusing to fill out the CRB forms.

And they said, 'Well were not going to do it, we've been members of this church for 50 or 60 years', and the safeguarding officer said, 'Fine, don't do it, but you can't come to church'.

The Archbishop's comments come after a series of cases where volunteers including flower arrangers complained about overzealous CRB checks.

A source close to the Archbishop tonight insisted that people who refuse the checks will not be banned from services, but would be prevented from volunteering or working for the organisation.

 

 Update: Shameful British Justice...

Naked Rambler jailed for 11 months for breaking a made up law


Link Here 20th June 2013  full story: Naked Rambler...Stephen Gough imprisoned for being naked

Old BaileyThe naked rambler has been jailed for public nudity. He was not allowed to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court for his trial after refusing to wear clothes and so didn't offer a defence. He was given an 11 month sentence.

He was charged with flouting an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) banning him from being naked in public. Jurors returned a guilty verdict in less than 10 minutes.

Gough has previously been convicted of nine public order counts of going naked in public in Hampshire.

Judge Sarah Munro said Gough, who has been remanded in custody while awaiting trial, will be eligible for release from prison on 14 August.

Gough has now been sentenced to more than six years in prison for being naked in public..

 

 Offsite Article: Acting as Judge, Jury and Persecutioner...


Link Here 19th June 2013
Old Bailey Court finds that Yorkshire Police persecuted teacher who had been exonerated of charges resulting from pupil accusations, in court, and via investigation by professional bodies

See article from bigbrotherwatch.org.uk

 

  Poor Laws...

PC extremist council propose to ban fish and chips before 5pm


Link Here 30th May 2013
salford diole

  BBC: People say that dole queues are caused by council policies suffocating local business

Mayor: Yes.. but look how slim they are!

Chip shops, kebab houses and fast food chains such as McDonald's would not be allowed to serve hot items over the counter before 5pm under plans being proposed by Salford City Council.

It announced last year that it was thinking of bringing in a ban on mobile takeaway and ice cream van trucks near schools, but the new policy would extend this to permanent takeaways.

Cllr Margaret Morris, assistant mayor for health at Salford council, spewed:

Takeaways create jobs and provide a service... BUT ...these ideas are to make sure that they are opening in the right places and not having a negative impact in our city.

We don't think they should be serving hot food over the counter before 5pm near schools, as children should be encouraged to eat healthily, so we have made this clear in our proposal.

Public health and helping to reduce obesity levels are a top priority, and while planners cannot control the food that is sold, we would like every new premise to offer well promoted healthy alternatives so people can have an informed choice about the food they eat.

Residents are encouraged to come forward with any comments or suggestions so they can be taken into consideration before a decision is made on the future of planning in our city.

 

 Offsite Article: Something for the Slippery Slope Moralists to Consider...


Link Here 23rd May 2013
the spectator logo Now we are all staying in, watching sexualised talent shows, enjoying internet porn or playing violent video games, Britain is becoming a nicer place to live (except in Woolwich)

See article from spectator.co.uk

 

 Offsite Article: Britain's Secret Police...


Link Here 22nd May 2013
Index on Censorship logo UK arrest guidelines are a shift towards secrecy

See article from indexoncensorship.org

 

  Golden Wonder Security...

Security guards make up the law to ban photography on the public highway


Link Here 21st May 2013

golden wonder video Golden Wonder Security

See article from visitscunthorpe.com

On Tuesday 17th January I decided I would travel the Midland Road Industrial Estate via Cottage Beck Road to take some photographs of industry around this area. Passing the Golden Wonder plant I though it would be a good opportunity to take a few shots of the site, it quickly became clear I wasn't welcome. I was stood on the road outside the site when a security officer approached. I switched my camera to video mode to record the encounter to protect both myself and the security guards from future false accusations. The footage can be seen below.

Obviously the conduct and tactics used by the two security officers has to be in question. At 04:53 an employee, who can be seen just walking past, is getting into a car behind me can be heard saying, I'll run him over to which the female officer actively encourages her by saying, you do that, that's when I moved onto the path.

What also aggrieves me is that someone in a uniform representing a company in an apparent position of authority can try and intimidate members of the public by making up laws that don't exist. This seemed to be an attempt to subjugate a member of the public into accepting what was being told was to be true. Further more hurling offensive insults and puerile slander, like seen at the end of the video, surely isn't something that someone in that position should resort to.

...Read the full article

petapixel logo Beware the Coming War Against Personal Photography and Video

See article from petapixel.com

 Are you ready for the imagery war --- the war against personal photography and capturing of video? You'd better be.

The title of this piece actually isn't entirely accurate. In some ways, this war isn't just coming, it's already begun. Forces are lining up on both sides, under the radar for most of us so far, but preparing for action. And right now, if I had to place a bet (cash, not bitcoins, please), I'd reluctantly have to predict the anti-imagery folks have the better chance of winning.

...Read the full article

 

 Offsite Article: Act of Terror: Arrested for Filming Police Officers...


Link Here 9th May 2013  full story: Policing of Photographers...Snapshot of a British police state
act of terror video Gemma Atkinson filmed the routine stop-and-search of her boyfriend. She was detained, handcuffed and threatened with arrest. She launched a legal battle and won. She has now produced an animated film about the incident.

See article from guardian.co.uk

 

 Offsite Article: Sly Fox...


Link Here 3rd May 2013
firefox logo Beware of state snooping software masquerading as Firefox

See article from bbc.co.uk

 

 Offsite Article: Secret Police...


Link Here 8th April 2013
ACPO logo 'Secret law' introduced as police chiefs ban public from knowing who they arrest. Civil liberty groups condemn the threat to democracy

See article from dailymail.co.uk

 

  Rights Abuse in Barsnley...

Law abiding under 16s on curfew from 9pm


Link Here 30th March 2013

barnsleyChildren are to be banned from Barnsley town centre after 9pm unless they have an adult with them.

The town will use oppressive new powers allowing police to take unaccompanied under-16s home and disperse groups of two or more. Those who refuse to leave face arrest.

Campaigners have blasted the six-month trial in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Nick Pickles of Big Brother Watch said:

This just moves the problem elsewhere.

Treating every group of young people as criminals is quite wrong.

It is a sign police have lost control and does nothing to restore community spirit or respect for the law.

Rights abusing police failed to provide any meaningful justification why all children should be deprived of freedom of movement.  Insp Julie Marshall spoke only of reports of kids causing trouble, without even saying that the police had confirmed the trouble reported:

Police have had many reports of rowdy and abusive behaviour by large groups in the town centre late at night. The public and business community feel harassed and intimidated.

 

 Offsite Article: Parents treated like felons on remand by school CRB checks...


Link Here 26th February 2013  full story: Vetting Workers...UK vets all adults to work with kids
crb logo Thousands of parents are still being forced to undergo suspicious and hostile criminal record checks to volunteer in schools despite Coalition reforms designed to introduce common sense into the child protection system.

See article from telegraph.co.uk

 

 Offsite Article: Secret Injustice Bill...


Link Here 11th February 2013
House of Commons logo Last week MPs revived the corpse of the Secret Justice Bill. Here we spell out the full terrifying implications of life in...Secret Britain

See article from dailymail.co.uk

 

 Offsite Article: Liverpool Whinges at Liberalising Street Trading...


Link Here 15th January 2013
It's very nice to have well ordered trading, but it is suffocatingly expensive, and Britain is no longer profitable enough to be able to afford it

See article from liverpoolecho.co.uk

 

 Offsite Article: Dramuary: Celebrating the Demon Drink...


Link Here 4th January 2013  full story: Drinking Restrictions...Drinking becomes the target of killjoy politicians
Ignore the sirens of sobriety imploring you to have a Dry January, and have a wee drink every day. By Rob Lyons

See article from spiked-online.com

 

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