The Sussex Thought Police is Ever so Proud

It is one thing to enforce an unjust law reluctantly, it is quite another to brag about it on the Internet. Sadly, this is exactly what the Sussex Police Department in the United Kingdom decided to do on June 20 when it announced the imprisonment of a man who was arrested for posting what it deemed to be hateful posts on Facebook against Muslims.

Over the past few years, Britain has become notorious as a country that prosecutes people for expressing “hateful thoughts”. What constitutes a hateful thought is never articulated with any precision. It can mean anything and everything depending on the whim of the government, the local constabulary, and the ever-fickle public mood.

Democracy has always depended on one thing above all else and that is the ability of citizens to freely express their thoughts, even their ugly thoughts, in without fear of being harassed or imprisoned by their authorities. This is no longer the case in Britain.

It is quite ironic to see exactly how the Sussex Police Department expends its resources and time considering that the subject of police cuts has become a matter of wide discussion in Britain over the past few weeks as the country has been rocked by a number of terror attacks both committed by Muslims and committed against Muslims.

The question arises, what good would more police do if what they spend their time and energy on is chasing harmless citizens who post inflammatory remarks on Twitter or Facebook. One would think that it would be more useful and more helpful to pursue hate preachers who radicalize young Muslims into jihadists, but that does not seem to be the case.

On the contrary, it seems that the British government has decided to make it a priority to silence all criticism of immigration policies and of the various ideologies now prevalent in Britain. Once arresting a man for expressing a thought, however ugly, would have been unthinkable in Britain. Now it seems to be a point of pride as the bragging tweet by the Sussex Police Department clearly shows. They express more pride in arresting this man, so it seems, then they would any real criminal such as a thief, a robber, or someone who commits assault.

This man will now serve 20 months in prison for expressing his views. I’ve no idea what he posted, I don’t really care what he posted, and it is more than likely that I do not agree with what he posted. But I do believe in his right to post what he thinks and to do so without fear of persecution.

Britain is not alone in making laws that limit the scope of human expression. Such laws exist throughout Europe, in Canada, in Australia, and, I’m ashamed to say, in Israel as well. Only in the United States are people truly free to express their views, and this is only because over 200 years ago the Founding Fathers of the United States had the wisdom to enact the First Amendment to the Constitution. If people are to remain free in the West, it is high time for other countries to adopt a similar amendment to their constitutions or legal code.

Until they do, police officers and departments in these countries would be wise to not brag about enforcing laws against “hate thoughts”. By doing so, they reduce public trust in the police and increase resentment both against authority and against other sectors of the population.

May Will Not Last Past June

The UK elections projections are in and, if they are borne out by the actual results, the Tories (Conservatives) have won 318 seats out of 650, less than a majority. They are the biggest party by far, but they will need to form a coalition or run a minority government.

The results are a disaster for Brexit supporters, British nationalists, those who oppose the unfettered immigration of practically everyone to Britain, and for British Prime Minister Theresa May.

As I explained in a previous post, it was not enough for May to lead the Tories to victory. She had to enhance their slim majority in Parliament, for that was the reason she called for these early elections. She failed to do that, lost her majority completely, and in fact may end up seeing a Labour party, with the most extreme leader in its history, become the ruling party of Britain.

This is a catastrophe for the Tories, and, personally, for May. She’s the winner on paper, but I doubt she will last for long in her post. Soon, once the dust settles, the Tories will likely choose another leader to replace her. The flamboyant Boris Johnson, perhaps.

Given the long history of British parliamentary politics, it is likely that a prime minister whose term ended in a greater humiliation that Theresa May’s ends up doing will be found, but I doubt that there would be many such examples.

These elections will likely go down as one of the most disastrous and unnecessary acts of Sepuku in British, and perhaps even world history.