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“Oh noes muh hate crimes” Anna Soubry etc

ROSS CLARK: What insanity that police (who’ve given up on burglars) now want to turn us all into ‘hate’ criminals.

“Read the figures released yesterday that show more than 94,000 ‘hate crimes’ were committed over a 12-month period and you might imagine they all consisted of cases such as mosques being firebombed or Orthodox Jews being attacked in the street.

Those are, of course, very serious offences that deserve to be treated in the severest way.

At first sight, the statistics seem to suggest a rapidly rising intolerance of Britons towards each other — and give succour to the Government’s proposals to extend the definition of hate crime to include acts of misogyny, contempt towards the elderly and even misandry, or hatred of men.

But I can’t read those figures without remembering the many spurious cases where jokes, rude remarks or rough-and-tumble political debate have been recorded as ‘hate crimes’ or ‘hate incidents’.”

Well all I can say is “imagine my surprise”. Let’s face it you’re a struggling Police Force (I’m not going into the “let’s blame the Tories for cuts thing here) that needs to up its “crimes solved” figures. You’ve already milked motorists to death, what next? Oh, I know how about “hate crimes”? Let’s caution/arrest people for saying mean things on Twitter and/or Facebook, we have a winner!

“Take the Labour MP Barry Sheerman, who recently said that he had reported a pro-Brexit group to the police for including the hashtag ‘#Fascist’ in a tweet criticising Tory MP Anna Soubry for wanting to overturn the Brexit vote. It may be a ridiculous exaggeration — but a hate crime?”

That’s not a hate crime, having said that it’s Anna Soubry we’re talking about here, a thoroughly unpleasant woman who, despite her constituents voting “leave” in the UK Referendum on EU Membership (eg Brexit) imputed her constituents were “too stupid to vote” and she remains one of the most vocal “anti Brexit” MPs we have.

“There was the case, too, of a Somerset landlady investigated by police for using a Welsh flag as a target in a St George’s Day archery competition; and the Scottish man convicted of a hate crime for teaching his pet dog to perform a Nazi salute as a (not at all funny) joke.”

Again, not a hate crime, certainly should never have made it to court. Somewhat tasteless though I agree. On the plus side it got right up a lot of people’s noses and irritated the hell out of some extreme liberals so all is good there 😀

“Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire Police have been running a pilot scheme in which they treat wolf-whistling as a hate crime. Yes, they have been branding as ‘hate criminals’ scaffolders who whistle at female passers-by.

That might be boorish, but to try to elevate it to the same level as anti-Semitic rantings or racist abuse is ridiculous.”

All it achieves is to dilute genuine hate crimes.”

Again not a hate crime. Tacky for sure but not a hate crime. You want to know what a real hate crime is? One non indigenous section of the UK populace grooming and sexually young females of the UK’s indigenous population and sexually assaulting/raping them over a prolonged period of time. I don’t really need to provide a link do I? It’s been in the news enough last couple of years.

Let’s step back for a second and imagine we should “accept” these new definitions of hate crime …. All those MPs who called voters “low information” or “too stupid to know what they were voting for” or “little Englanders” or fascists/racists/waycists/xenophobes/etc surely they’re all guilty of hate crimes as well? That’d be something wouldn’t it? Anna Soubry getting 3 years in Pentonville, bet that’d change her attitude on life. Or Diane Abbott who regularly criticises “white people” on social media, more hate crime, let’s lock her up as well ….

The whole thing is beyond stupid in my opinion. Ok, hate crimes are bad but this isn’t hate crime, it’s mainly “mean words” or “inappropriate behaviour”, none of it worthy of wasting Police time. We have real issues at hand that require the attention of the Police, you know stuff like:

  • Moped Muggings
  • Moped Robberies
  • Acid Attacks
  • Knife Attacks
  • Terrorist Attacks
  • Illegal Immigrants
  • Rapists
  • etc etc ….

The Police need to change their priorities, they need to “patrol streets, not tweets” (Paul Joseph Watson). Like many of us I’ve been insulted, assaulted and treated like crap at a number of points in my life and can think of at least a dozen examples that could qualify as “hate crimes” (under these bizarre new guidelines) but I just move on.

Steve

PS Some examples of real hate speech levelled at a "right" commentator:

All that’s needed is “opportunity” REAL “opportunity” and society will thrive.

I’ve had to give this blog post a lot of thought. I kind of “knew” what I wanted to say but wasn’t entirely sure how to word it properly, so even the most “radical” lefts (or rights for that matter) would, hopefully, see my point.

There’s much talk these days of “lefties/liberals/libtards/Corbynistas” and then “racists/alt-rights/republicans/Conservatives” and so on. I thought about myself in this context and at first glance I would indeed appear to be one of the so called “right”, purely on appearance only. But then I started thinking more carefully about it and I realised the world simply isn’t that simple, especially as we live in a multiphrenic society where people tend to “pick and mix” the best bits from ideologies, lifestyles and politics that they like.

So, let’s break this down a little more. Am I “right”, well at first glance yes. But there again I don’t agree with the death penalty, period, regardless of the crime, that’s pretty “left” if you ask me. I agree with social welfare (aka “benefits”) and fair housing and all the rest of it, again pretty “left”. So where am I going with this? Well, it occurs to me to our society has not exactly mirrored the people within it from this perspective, our society, our government, our “establishment” (Police, media, council staff etc) don’t tend to be that varied and therein, I think, lies the modern dilemma.

We live in an age where information can be spread (be it true or fake) at lightning speed. We have more access to more information than ever before and this is likely to increase. However, politically we (I’m referring mainly to the United Kingdom here but I suspect you can find parallels if you live elsewhere) “swing” from left to right, back again, then back again. Labour’s in and they do a bunch of stuff some people like, a bunch of stupid stuff, a bunch of stuff nobody likes. Then Conservatives come along and they undo it and do some stuff some people like, some stupid stuff and some stuff nobody likes. Then a few years down the line and Labour comes in and on and on and on. This has been going on now for what, 50+ years?

Neither party is that “great” if you think about it, because no matter what they do (or don’t do) it’s going to piss somebody off, somewhere down the line. One party is somewhat “left”, the other is somewhat “right” and we don’t stop to think “hang on a minute we need the good stuff from both sides”, they just charge ahead with their own ideologies regardless. Think about it, you become prime minister tomorrow, surely you’re not naive enough to think what YOU think is right is the ONLY WAY? Now ok, proportional representation, it’s not going to happen. But would we want it to? Hell no, all we’d get is constant disagreement and nothing would actually get done, it’s be like postmodernism for politics, it’d be totally “meh, can’t be arsed”.

The problem we have, as I see it, is we’re being offered one way or the other way (the United Kingdom is essentially a two party system after all, Lib Dems? Hahahaha). Instead of actually listening to people and helping them (which let’s face it is what they are supposed to do) they just storm ahead with their ill thought ideas instead. I mean, fox hunting? Just grow up, we have far more important things to think about right now.

If government was actually accountable and acted upon the wishes of the people and “looked out” for them then maybe, just maybe, we wouldn’t think they were all just useless overpaid …. You get the idea. This is why Theresa May nearly lost the general election. We know she’s busy, we know about Brexit, BUT the vast majority of us are still in “da shite” from 2008/2009 (except the bankers and CEOs) and what did you offer those people, the “JAMs” as you called them? I’ll tell you what, sod all. She didn’t have to do a lot, just a few tweaks here and there to say “I haven’t forgotten you, this isn’t much but it’s a start”, stuff such as banning unpaid internships (much discussed but what’s happened about it?), capping utility bills and banning letting agent fees. Theresa May has been prime minister for over 2 years now and has done NONE of these, it’s just all “talk talk talk” and no “action action action”.

Anyway, the crux of society’s modern “ills”. Interestingly enough I mentioned unpaid internships above and that’s part (a small part but still relevant) of the problem. Socialism doesn’t work, people take advantage and virtually everybody ends up with “sod all”, history bears witness to this, time and time again. Capitalism sucks, big time and don’t even start me on the “trickle down theory”. Neither extreme is ideal but what I think is lacking, for most of society, isn’t money, benefits or ideology but OPPORTUNITY. Government needs to remove and dismantle the blocks to opportunity, such as banning unpaid internships which only certain people can “afford” to put up with and consequently get “the job” at the end of it; JUST ONE EXAMPLE.

I’ve tried my hardest to “improve my lot” you know, I did all the “right things”, went to university and when I left university the all I got when trying to find “decent” employment was barriers, more barriers, prejudice, discrimination (age mainly as I was a mature student). Think I’m paranoid? No I have proof, I’ve kept emails and recorded phone calls that shouldn’t have been made etc. University itself, yet more barriers; I got to pick 6 universities on my UCAS form (bear in mind I had 3 A Levels at A, a BTEC with 17 distinctions and more at the time) and Oxford, University College London and Birmingham all rejected me without even seeing me (there goes the myth of “white privilege” out of the window, wooosh).

These are the problems we face. We’re being given the message “study hard, work hard and you’ll be a success” but it’s largely crap. It all comes down to who you know, what school you went to, where you interned (is that a real word?) I got a job at Arthur Andersen, impressive stuff you may think, but ONLY because my ex-wife (well common law wife, obviously we were still on good terms) worked there and “got me in” so to speak.

This is what needs “fixing” in our society, we need to break down the barriers to “opportunity” (real opportunity that is, not MLM or Utility Warehouse sales bullshit) so that people who do study hard then work hard will do well, will succeed. I bet if we got to that stage the colleges and universities would suddenly be bombarded with people wanting to “better themselves” and who could blame them? If I knew that going back to university right now meant that I would 99% get a £50,000+ a year (bearing in mind I’d be studying at postgraduate level) job afterwards I’d be there in a shot. Who is going to study and/or “work their arse off” when all they’re likely to get is “meh” at the end of it?

That’s what Theresa May needs to do, show us you’ve “got our backs”, don’t go mad (no Corbyn style bankruptcy thank you), then break down those barriers and when more and more people “do well” watch how much better a country to live in this will be, for the many, not just for the few. Finally, before anyone says “but there are opportunities”, try thinking of others for a minute not just yourself, sure there’s opportunities for you with your MSc from Cambridge and membership of the Masons etc but think of others for a change.

Steve

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I have been asked in the past: “why Diabetic Ninja?”

Basically I used to work in eCommerce (well I still do, but not for much longer) and I had a couple of friends who would describe themselves on job applications and/or CVs as stuff like “SEO Rock Star” or “eCommerce Ninja”. I said it was a bit unprofessional in my opinion, besides what next: “Diabetic Ninja”? Yeah the nickname stuck and I ended up buying the domain when .ninja domain names became available. It certainly makes for a more memorable email address in steve@diabetic.ninja if nothing else!

Steve

Welcome Back.

I recently had to make some major changes on my server which hosts NinjaFun.xyz, this blog and a number of other sites. Regrettably the USB stick I backed up the blog data to was, to put it simply, “buggered”. Oh well, time to start again I guess?

Anyway, this is my “personal” blog. My name is Steve Antony Williams and I like to keep a blog for fun and enjoy making occasional updates etc. You will never see scores of annoying adverts although I may occasionally provide a link to a product I am talking about or selling on eBay or Amazon etc.

Hope to see you all in the comments some time.

Regards

Steve