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article imageOp-Ed: The new easy target for Britain's politically correct police

Britain's politically correct police like easy targets, and with the rise of Twittercrime, some people are only too glad to oblige.
It is difficult to believe that a little over a hundred years ago Britain ruled over the greatest empire in history, one on which the Sun never set. Whether or not so-called feminism emasculated British males from the late 60s, or political correctness had us all cowering, afraid of being branded racist, sexist, or - perish the thought - homophobic, Britain has rapidly become a nation of cry babies. We have just got over the John Terry affair; ridiculous and contrived though that was, and a youth arrested over making abusive comments to the diver Tom Daley, now a football referee has called in the police to investigate tweets that suggest he should have died of cancer.
This begs the question, if you can't abuse a football referee, who can you abuse? Can there be a professional referee in Britain, on this planet, who has not had more than his fair share of abuse?
"Are you blind, you stupid git?"
"Stevie Wonder would've seen that!"
And: Reasons to become a referee
You love football, but can't quite understand the rules
You have the strange desire to run aimlessly around in the wind, rain and snow
You love the sound of verbal abuse
You find it hard to make decisions and whenever you do you're always wrong [grammar corrected]
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Why should even the British police give this sort of nonsense the time of day? Well, for one thing it's a lot safer than investigating real crime. Especially in Manchester.
It is hardly surprising that the man at the top of the Clown Prosecution Service has at last decided to issue legal guidelines about this issue. He is probably under pressure for government lawyers to prosecute some of these real crimes, like theft, rape and of course murder.
Comments that are simply offensive can be dealt with at a much lower level, like reporting an offending tweet or e-mail to the relevant abuse department.
A lot of offensive material that appears on Twitter and other social networking sites is anything but social; some is gratuitously defamatory. To take just one example, of late a specialist firm of solicitors, Summers Nigh, has been on the receiving end of some truly bizarre tweets from an apparently anonymous individual, tweets which to date have been ignored. There is though no reason the firm could not bring an action for defamation against the tweeter - provided the allegations are indeed false.
Of course, there are times when people go much too far, like those idiots who tried to incite riots on Facebook last year.
Hopefully the new guidelines will be issued within a week or two. It may be possible to use them to muffle the wilder allegations of the misnamed 9/11 Truth Movement, at least in this country. After all, if it is a criminal offence to make homophobic and racially abusive remarks, it must surely be criminal to wantonly accuse named individuals of complicity in mass murder.
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 DigitalJournal.com
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