A week ago I reported on how Police Scotland had become a laughing stock on twitter with their tweet about how they'll come to your house at the weekend and pursue you for things you say.
Now that the hilarity has died down and the funny memes the public have posted in response to Police Scotland's ill thought-out tweet have receded, we can start to look a little bit closer at what Police Scotland really meant by posting that infamous tweet.
And I'm angry. Very angry.
Stifling freedom of speech is the first and obvious issue that comes to mind. Police Scotland should be PROTECTING our free speech, not trying to arrest us for it. So ask yourself. Do they really work for us...or do they work for themselves and their political and corporate masters? Do they seek to help support and protect the public or do they seek to target us? How do you feel when you see a police car in your rear view mirror. Do you feel safe - or do you feel anxious?
Next up is the defamation laws on libel and slander. These are CIVIL laws. That means they have absolutely NOTHING to do with police. Police only have jurisdiction over CRIMINAL law, not CIVIL law. In a nutshell, police have no power or authority to arrest anyone anywhere for defamation (slander/libel). In fact police themselves can be arrested for trying to do this to you - they would be breaking the law.
Sam Hooper, from the Conservatives for Liberty group put it wonderfully. He said:
"Let’s call a spade a spade: this is tyranny. When an enforcement arm of the state can post jocular messages on social media warning citizens to be on their best, blandest and most inoffensive behaviour on pain of arrest, we do not live in a free society any more."
Well said Sam. There's an old saying that says when the government fear the people you have democracy, but when the people fear the government you have tyranny.
So here's my message to untrustworthy Police Scotland regarding this blog and the T-H-I-N-K threat they have aimed at my blog, me, and all members of the Scottish public:
T - is it true?
Yes, I tell the truth on my blog and if you, Police Scotland, disagree, I challenge you to arrest me for defamation (slander/libel) which you do not have the legal authority to do. Go on, I dare you, it'll be my pleasure to see YOU in the dock.
H - is it hurtful?
Yes, I am reliably informed that many of my posts on this blog hurt the feelings of many police officers in Scotland. But I don't care about you, just as you don't care about me and the Scottish public. And rest assured, I care even less about your feelings. I only care about your corruption and bringing it to the attention of the Scottish public (who you think it's ok to target day in and day out). I challenge you to arrest me for hurting your feelings Mr Plod.
I - is it illegal?
No. Everything on this blog is completely legal and I challenge you to arrest me if you believe it is not - then we can let the courts decide (and I can sue you afterwards). Speaking of what's legal and what's not, it hasn't gone unnoticed that you, Police Scotland, like to boast about how much you enforce the law and adhere to what's legal. So may I take this opportunity to remind you that slavery was legal, apartheid was legal, and Hitlers Nazi party was legal. I could go on but you get the idea...
N - is it necessary?
Yes. The Scottish public must be made aware of your corruption. Only then can they decide if they feel compelled to withdraw their support for Police Scotland causing your organisation to disintegrate and fail - and be replaced with a new honest, decent, just, and fair system which helps, supports, and protects us, the public, not benefits you and your political and corporate masters.
K - is it kind?
Come on, if you've read this far do you honestly think I have any notion whatsoever of being kind to the motley crew of rogues we have come to know as 'Police Scotland'? Perhaps if you were kind to us, the public who pay your wages and who's benefit you claim to work for while secretly seeking to harm us, we my just be kind to you. But as it is...
So do us all a favour and pass a message on to your head tweeter at Police Scotland that he or she should T-H-I-N-K before telling us, the public, what to do.
Remember your place Police Scotland.
We tell YOU what to do, not the other way round.
And don't you ever forget it.