Thursday 28 July 2016

The Law Which Targets The Poor

I'm not a football fan. I couldn't tell you the name of one single Rangers, Celtic, Aberdeen, Dundee player - not one.

Sad as it is, I'm afraid I'm completely ignorant to the virtues of the 'beautiful game'.

But I do know a bit about the politics and background to football and the place football occupies in our society as arguably the most popular sport in the country.

For example, I happen to know that the vast majority of football fans in Scotland tend to come from a working class background.

Yes, I know, I know, all sorts of people from all sorts of backgrounds love all sorts of sports and football is no different - it's loved by people from all backgrounds.

But just for a moment, let's just dispense with the political correctness and just accept that your average polo fan is more likely to be tending to his pony at the stables on a Saturday morning rather than trying to smuggle six cans of cally special on to a supporters bus.

Bottom line, the working class background of the majority of football fans is exactly why the Government decided to introduce their infamous Offensive Behaviour Act. It is designed to target the working classes.

Regular readers will know that I talk at great length on this blog about how untrustworthy Police Scotland and their buddies in the corrupt Crown office purposely target the poorest and the most vulnerable in our society because they know that they can get easy prosecutions against them.

And the Offensive Behaviour Act was, and is, just another way of targeting this section of society.

Procurator Fiscals are notorious for claiming there is sufficient evidence to prosecute someone they want to prosecute - like someone from a poor background - while claiming there's insufficient evidence to prosecute someone who is a friend or connection of the Crown office.

Now it seems those double standards are alive and well and being used in the Scottish Government too.

You see, when previous figures showed that prosecutions for hate crimes had fallen in Scotland, the Government claimed that it was because of the success of their Offensive Behaviour Act.

Yet now, when the latest figures show that prosecutions for hate crimes have risen in Scotland by 49%, the Government similarly claim it is because of the success of their Offensive Behaviour Act!

How can a law be responsible for a cut in crime and a rise in crime all at the same time?

Let's cut to the chase. There has been no change whatsoever in the number of hate crimes - just a change in the number of members of the public arrested by police and prosecuted by the Crown office under the new law.

And when I use the phrase 'the number of members of the public arrested and prosecuted under the new law', what I really mean of course is 'the number of poor and vulnerable members of the public arrested and prosecuted under the new law'.