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article imageOp-Ed: I predict a riot

By Alexander Baron     Aug 17, 2011 in Crime
The two men who posted messages on Facebook calling for people to riot may have received harsh sentences, but they deserve little sympathy.
The conviction of these two idiots was the lead news story this morning ahead of the ongoing economic crisis and a British tourist being killed by a shark while honeymooning in the Seychelles. The consensus from the usual suspects was that the sentences and some similar sentences were too harsh. This is something I know a bit about, because in 1996-7 I spent six months on remand after being fitted up by the Metropolitan Police over something extremely trivial that in the event of conviction would have destroyed my life. Away from Digital Journal I allude to this organisation not as the Met but as The Filth, and with that term I include their friends in the CPS and the judiciary.
I have also witnessed police officers perjure themselves, fabricating evidence, twisting prosaic facts out of context to make them appear sinister with the full connivance of equally bent prosecutors, and witnessed myself being laughed out of court, literally, when I attempted to bring them to book. I know and appreciate what goes on far more than most people, and could write a great deal more in this vein. Just prior to this fit up, I saw the legal authorities turn a blind eye to direct incitements to violence and even murder by left wing agitators, although after giving one organisation enough rope, they did actually bring a prosecution for lesser offences. Selective prosecution is an abrogation of the rule of law; dispensing justice with an uneven hand likewise. Having said all that, I find it difficult to feel a morsel of sympathy for these two idiots because they were neither exercising their right to free speech nor having a bit of fun, but shouting fire in a crowded theatre, something no one has the right to do unless there really is a fire.
Echoing the Kaiser Chiefs, they predicted a riot, but although no one turned up, people were actually using social media as anti-social media to do exactly that, something that has been going on in the United States for some time.
We have now seen the full extent of this lunacy, this madness of crowds, over a thousand charged in London alone, serious acts of arson that have destroyed commercial premises, homes and vehicles, although miraculously no one was killed; we have seen injuries not simply to police officers but to police dogs, and a number of murders, including of three young men in Birmingham.
The courts are right to send a clear message to anyone who might be considering delivering a further instalment of this madness, and any who might do so in the future.
It is widely recognised that cracking a joke about carrying a bomb at an airport will result in an immediate arrest and gaol sentence; it is a pity these two idiots didn’t realise the same thing applies when law and order breaks down. The apparent harshness of their sentences makes them appealable, and no doubt they will appeal, but even if the Court of Appeal does give them some credit for their previous good character, they are unlikely to receive much of a discount, and no one who was caught up in the riots, be they injured police officers, people left homeless, jobless, impoverished, or simply those of us who were appalled at seeing our communities trashed by thugs and looters will have any sympathy for them if their appeals are rejected.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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