“Will no-one rid me of this turbulent priest?”

Right, Kingy, you’re nicked, my old son….”

Anna Soubry, the Conservative MP for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire, was the apparent target of an online message which read: “someone jo cox Anna sourby please”.

The politician responded to the message on social media, calling the Twitter user a “sad cowardly troll” and noting the differently spelled surname.

Which was a genuinely funny aspect to the Tweet, in my opinion!

On Saturday the Metropolitan police said a 25-year-old man was arrested at his home in Bethnal Green on suspicion of sending malicious communications.

A spokesman said the man was in custody in an east London police station. He has not been charged.

Remember this when you have a burglary and no-one comes out until long after the insurance has paid out…

16 comments for ““Will no-one rid me of this turbulent priest?”

  1. Errol
    December 4, 2016 at 9:38 am

    malicious communications? What happens when that becomes ‘unwanted communications’, then ‘anti government communications’?

    Heck, we’ve already got the thought police. When will this nonsense stop?

  2. John in cheshire
    December 4, 2016 at 10:18 am

    He hasn’t been charged. And he won’t be unless Free Speech has already been outlawed. Or, unless the Met once again get involved in political matters.

    • December 4, 2016 at 10:30 am

      The process is the punishment. The arrest will show up if he applies for a visa or wants a job requiring a background check.

      • barnacle bill
        December 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm

        As JuliaM has observed he has been punished regardless of him actually having the opportunity of arguing his defence in a Court of Law.

        So whilst Free Speech has not been outlawed in this country our Political Elites have a way of censoring us. Word will get out that it is just enough for Plod to feel one’s collar, rather than a full blown appearence before the Beak, for it to have Life affecting consequences.

        Slowly our Political Elites are stitching closed Democracy both in this country and abroad.

      • December 5, 2016 at 2:14 am

        Indeed. And the process itself is a ‘Game’ described by Dr Eric Berne in his ‘Games People Play’. It is called ‘Let’s you and him fight’, and the poor sod of the moment is thrown into the ring against the police and the courts simply for ‘offending’ some individual who will not offer a response other than that which involes a small army.

    • Errol
      December 4, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      If we had free speech he wouldn’t have been arrested.

  3. Penseivat
    December 4, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Unfortunately, there are morons, cretins, and imbeciles in this country who’s twisted thinking could make them capable of “Jo Cox”ing someone, whether it be a politician, personality, sportsman, blogger, or that bloke who lives down the street and yells at kids for making a noise. Incitement to commit murder, or do harm, is a criminal offence and should be dealt with under the law. In this case, someone has been arrested and may be charged. No doubt, if someone blogged, “Someone disembowel Julia, please.” there would quite rightly be an uproar.

    • December 4, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Meanwhile all the incitements to violence in the Koran go unchallenged because we don’t believe in equality before the law.

      “Incitement and Religion”


    • barnacle bill
      December 4, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      It is not just morons, cretins and imbeciles we have to worry about. I often wonder if the death of Dr. David Kelly was Tony B-Lair’s Thomas à Beckett moment?

      Yes in an ordered society it is right that we have laws concerning incitement to murder or harm others. But it is both in the context and nuance of the uttering of said threat(s) we should be concerned where these laws are invoked.

      How many of us are guilty of wishing death or harm might be visited upon those who have affected our lives in one way or another? Sometimes said in the heat of the moment with real venom. Or at other times with a wishful smile upon our lips and a jokey tone to our voice.

      Here we have a law being used to stifle the debate about the context and nuance this remark was made in. It also leaves a threat hanging in the air for others who may want to comment.

      Free speech is a very delicate bloom; we either accept it with all it’s beauty and drawbacks. Or we allow the pruning of this frail growth to the extent it withers away.

      I should also add I was very annoyed/upset at how politized Thomas Mair’s trial was. Both in the actions of the CPS and our MSM reporting of it.

    • December 6, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      There wouldn’t be an uproar from me.

  4. Junican
    December 4, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Didn’t David Attenborough call for the assassination of Donald Trump?

    • December 4, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      Ah, you beat me to it.

    • Mudplugger
      December 4, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Immunity from prosecution is available to ‘national treasures’, apparently – shame Rolf Harris didn’t know that.

    • John in cheshire
      December 4, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Boaty Attenborough, the man implicated in faking supposed natural wild life activity. He’s part of the fake entertainment industry that has been so successful in persuading the main stream live TV viewers that what they are watching is real, true and honest. No wonder he’s been so well rewarded for his wickedness; he must have sided with satan decades ago.

  5. Penseivat
    December 4, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    “How many of us are guilty of wishing death or harm might be visited upon those who have affected our lives in one way or another? Sometimes said in the heat of the moment with real venom. Or at other times with a wishful smile upon our lips and a jokey tone to our voice.”
    I have often wished, sometimes aloud, that someone should smear Ant and Dec in honey and then jam them upside down in an Australian anthill (a wish in which I understand I am not alone). To say this either to myself or to someone in the family, whether in a jokey or temporarily aggravated moment, is possibly acceptable. However, to take the time to consciously download this desire onto social websites shows a warped, yet deliberate act, in which perhaps some idiot, cretin or moron will carry out my fantasy. If they did, do I become a guilty partner in their act, whether or not it is is in the interest of the human race? Downloading threats or incitement to commit a criminal act onto social media is a deliberate, conscious act, and anyone who does so would be aware of the possible consequences. Even if they, themselves, are cretins, morons, or idiots. The heading if this article is said to have been made by an aggravated monarch. Whether that aggravation was temporary, or said in jest, is irrelevant. That it was acted upon is not in doubt. Be careful what you wish for. It may just come true!

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