“Freeze Dirtbags! Decency Squad!”

“Ya’all play nicely on this here ‘Twitter’ thing, OK?”

…a comment attributed to an account called KevinRooney1 appeared online.

It said: “After what Villa fans were singing about Aliou Cisse’s family when majority died on a cruise I couldn’t care less about Petrov!! #villa****”

I neither know nor care what that’s all about. I don’t follow football. Not on Twitter, not in real life!

When angry Villa fans reported the matter to police, the West Midlands force sent a message to KevinRooney1 warning: “Your earlier tweet could constitute an offence and we’ve advised the complainant on how to report their complaint officially.”

This news story was posted at 31st March, so it’s not an April Fool. But, by god, it sure sounds like one, doesn’t it?

What the hell’s the ‘offence’ here? Not caring enough about someone’s illness? The hashtag maybe – but surely the starred-out bit wasn’t an obscenity so vile it scorched the eyeballs of these delicate souls?

The spokesman added action could be taken under the Public Order Act if the tweets were taken to have caused alarm, distress or harassment in those reading them.

Tell me, someone, just what could you say on Twitter that wasn’t in some way covered by this? And since when did the police have time to worry about this sort of thing, or encourage people to make complaints about it?

This country is slowly becoming a laughing stock…

H/T: comments at Insp Gadget

5 comments for ““Freeze Dirtbags! Decency Squad!”

  1. Dave K
    April 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Perhaps you could ask the “spokesman” if the same action was taken against the Labour pollies who wished Lady Thatchers demise or a terrorist attack on the Tory party conference.

    Didn’t see them get 56 days in jail and sacked.

    Perhaps the next case will be for someone being disparaging about a government member (dons foil headgear).

    btw the tense in your last line is obviously incorrect.

    • April 2, 2012 at 5:54 am

      Yes, I think we reached that state about a year ago… 😳

  2. Single Acts of Tyranny
    April 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Of course it neatly defines the government as the arbiter of what can and cannot be said on the basis of total subjectivity.

    • April 2, 2012 at 5:55 am

      Well, they’ve scared this one into apologising – perhaps it’ll take someone not backing down, and winning, to quash their enthusiasm?

  3. April 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Section for can see you being saying boo to a goose. True.

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