Friday, 26 July 2013

Government Hate Speech

Is it possible the government is breaking its own laws?

What would you think if you encountered phrases like:


on travelling billboards in London?

What IS this?  Is this illegal hate speech?  I am not in favour of laws restricting peoples' free speech and I think the 'Hate Speech' laws in the UK give too much license to the oppressive authorities but the law IS the law.  Of course my comments are in quotes as examples of 'possible' hate speech.  It is clear that they are not expressions of my opinion.  They are also clearly not "intend[ed] thereby to stir up racial hatred" nor is it the case that "having regard to all the circumstances racial hatred is likely to be stirred up thereby."; The two clauses, either of which, constitute the definition of negative comments being classed "illegal".

But this is what the government are currently doing by driving giant billboards around London with seriously threatening messages towards immigrants like "GO HOME OR FACE ARREST".

Here are some references to authenticate this seemingly ludicrous claim:
London Evening Standard: Go home or face arrest: billboard crackdown on illegal immigration 
The Guardian: Adverts urging illegal immigrants to leave UK attacked by ex-minister 
Huffington Post: Illegal Immigrants Warned With 'Go Home Or Face Arrest' Adverts 
Russian Television (RT): ‘Go home or face arrest’: UK anti-illegal immigrant ads face stiff criticism 

The government will undoubtedly argue that it is 'illegal' immigrants they are targeting with their obscene adverts.  But, according to the  Public Order Act 1986, Chapter 64, Part III, it is clear that "racial hatred is likely to be stirred up" and they are therefore in breach of said act.  I could quote all the various parts of the law indicating unequivocally that the government is guilty of a breach of the Public Order Act and as such should be held accountable.  If any particular MP or other person thinks they are outside of the law because they are acting as part, or on behalf, of a Limited Company or a Government Department or any other corporate disguise they would be wrong.  According to the act's supplementary provisions Section 28, Part 1, "Where a body corporate is guilty of an offence under this Part and it is shown that the offence was committed with the consent or connivance of a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body, or a person purporting to act in any such capacity, he as well as the body corporate is guilty of the offence and liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly."

The intended interpretation of the motives for these travelling billboards is clearly that they wish to encourage illegal immigrants to leave the country.  But it is a pure fiction to imagine that messages like these will cause an illegal immigrant to suddenly realise that they should rush back to wherever they came from.  The obvious effect will be to drive them further underground.  But there is a more insidious and well understood consequence of this kind of bigotry and that is to stir up racial distrust and hatred.

Even David Coburn of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) had nothing but criticism saying: "We are utterly horrified This is like, I don't know, it's like the Nazis going around the Warsaw Ghetto with trucks - it's dreadful.  It's discriminatory, it's  unpleasant, it makes the country look extremely unpleasant indeed and not something that's at all British and something that I'm absolutely convinced the vast majority of the British public will not put up with.  It's not the fault of the immigrants, it's the fault of the government for letting them in.  The borders of Great Britain should be controlled by our parliament.  It should not be controlled by the European Union."

There is no real doubt that the intention is to cause division in communities.  The government is deliberately stirring up racial tension and hatred.  So although it is clear that they 'intend' to promote racial hatred they couldn't even get off the charge by pretending they didn't 'intend' such a thing because the law specifically requires everyone to have "regard to all the circumstances".  In case there is any doubt about the issue being racial the term "racial hatred" is defined in the act as "hatred against a group of persons defined by reference to colour, race, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origins."

So whereas my written words are representations of offensive remarks they are clearly NOT intended to cause racial hatred and as such are not illegal but the government's billboards ARE clearly intended to cause "racial hatred" as defined by the government and, as such, are overtly illegal.

What next?  Who will prosecute them?  By the very process of breaking the law they are not upholding it and there is a legal requirement of "Due Process" by them.  It follows that they are in breach of "Due Process" too.  If they are going to get away with this it is adding to the already prevalent precedent of impunity.  This Government IS clearly above the law.  It matters not what I say or what you think - they are getting away with breaking the laws of this land regularly.

The problem with this is that it IS the collapse of our society.  We are now on what might be an unstoppable decline into destruction.  Government ministers are regularly speaking deliberate lies, irrational nonsense and passing laws which are clearly inhumane but there is so much of it about there is probably no possibility of addressing it all.  They have gone too far by definition.

Now they can drive trucks around London whipping up social unrest and division.  They are even at liberty to break their own "Hate Speech" laws.

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