Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.




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Friday, 25 March 2016

A TWEET OR A TWAT

I had no intention of posting anything today but a story in the Telegraph has caught my attention.  There seems to be a creeping forward of restrictions on what is not acceptable on social media.  Twitter has been involved in more than its fair share of incipient transgressors. But the words for which a man has been charged with  publishing or distributing written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, likely or intended to stir up racial hatred might be considered if not inocuous certainly unlikely to fall within the limits of the law. Perhaps the individual acted foolishly but readers can judge for themselves whether or not they agree that his printed comments constitute justification for the charge.

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