Katie Hopkins’ Views Are Now Considered Matters for Law Enforcement, and It Is Utterly Terrifying

James Bloodworth, Independent, January 1, 2015

At some point saying “offensive” things online stopped being a social faux pas and became a potentially criminal act.

Dare to be rude about the wrong person or group and, in a bad parody of Erich Honecker’s East Germany, you could hear the knock on the door in the middle of the night and be dragged off to some dreary police cell for questioning.

I exaggerate of course, but not much: around 20,000 people in Britain have been investigated in the past three years for comments made online, with around 20 people a day being looked into by the forces of the law, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

The overused Orwellian cliché has finally become the reality: Big Brother in the form of an overzealous and under regulated police force really is watching you. As Police Scotland terrifyingly informed us this week, “Please be aware that we will continue to monitor comments on social media and any offensive comments will be investigated.”

And so, in a further erosion of free expression, the police in Scotland have this week decided to investigate former Apprentice star and professional controversialist Katie Hopkins for off-colour comments made online about the Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola.

Doing what she is paid handsomely to do (and presumably what got her 291,000 Twitter followers), Hopkins came up with the most grotesque thing she could say about the issue and condensed it into 140 characters, tweeting that the nurse in question was a “sweaty Glaswegian” and referring to Scots as “Jocks”.

In response, the perennially thin-skinned of Twitter cobbled together a 12,000-strong petition demanding that Hopkins be charged over the tweets and handed it to a police force desperately looking to justify its place in the world at a time of falling crime.

Predictably the police pounced on it. As Detective Inspector Glyn Roberts of Police Scotland put it: “Inquiries are ongoing into the nature of these tweets and to establish any potential criminality.”

Since the birth of social media a fruitful relationship has developed between those who seek to offend and those who spend every waking hour looking desperately for something to be offended by. Indeed, notoriety of Katie Hopkins is largely due to the legions of people who froth with outrage at (and publicise) her every utterance.

But now things are getting really serious, for at some point we accepted the dreadful premise that unpleasant–and yes “offensive”–opinions ought to be silenced by force. Idiotic views are now considered matters for law enforcement and it is utterly terrifying.

This isn’t only about professional controversialists like Hopkins: what of the woman found guilty of a public order offence for saying that David Cameron had “blood on his hands”? Or Azhar Ahmed, who was prosecuted for an online post mocking the deaths of six British soldiers killed in Afghanistan?

All vile and grossly insensitive certainly; but on balance I think I’m more afraid of the Twitter Stasi and their increasingly zealous police enforcers.

Rather than obsessing over their tweets, we ought to leave the Katie Hopkins’s of the world to the obscurity they so richly deserve. And more importantly, we should keep the police out of it.

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  • JackKrak

    Cut off a soldier’s head in the street and they will instruct other soldiers not to wear their uniforms in public.

    Make intentionally provocative comments – that is, with words out of your mouth – and they will put the full weight on law enforcement on your back.

    • LHathaway

      Anarcho-Tyranny.

      • propagandaoftruth

        The endgame of messianic democratic totalitarianism.

        • Robert Smith

          The Democrat party is just a host.

          • David Ashton

            In the “of parasites” sense.

      • Paleoconn

        Sam Francis, requiescat in pace. When we reclaim this world, quotes like this from heroic pioneers like Francis and Sobran will be cited alongside Orwell and Churchill.

        • Ten years next month.

          • Paleoconn

            When our civilization finds its reason, people like this will be remembered and honored for all eternity, and the race traitors will get what is due them: they will be forgotten, for their evil acts will have had no lasting impact. The ultimate punishment for our traitorous elites is oblivion. They would have been unknown in saner times, so shall they become unknown when sanity returns.

    • See The Future

      Royalty will soon be phased out.

      • David Ashton

        Not the Clinton dynasty.

        • anony

          Or the Bush dynasty.

          • I’m about to write something which I know will be misunderstood a thousand different ways to Sunday.

            I would rather the Bush family or the Clinton family be classical hereditary monarchs rather than just a close family whose members keep on winning elections in a democratic republic.

          • anony

            A benevolent monarchy is a form of government that has worked for thousands of years. The problem arises when the monarch turns out to be not so benevolent. Then, “the king is dead, long live the king.”

      • anony

        “They” started doing that, with gusto, during the French revolution; the Romanovs were a more recent example.

        After all, if the people have a royalty to “set the tone”, these parasites cannot easily rule.

        • David Ashton

          The doyenne of “conspiracy theory” Nesta Webster, nearly 100 years ago, listed the deadly objectives as the abolition of (1) monarchy and constitutional government, (2) the traditional family unit, (3) private property and its transmission, (4) national sovereignty, and (5) the Christian religion.

          • anony

            Gee, ya think she was onto something?

          • David Ashton

            Well, the best test of a prophecy is its fulfillment!

      • Sick of it

        Several royal families are behind the New World Order. They want to phase everyone else out.

  • anony

    (Formally) Great Britain needs a first amendment and a second amendment to protect its first amendment.

    • Speedy Steve

      As a result of the Dunblane school shooting, the Labor government banned all guns .22 caliber and above. The good news is that Taurus makes a .17 caliber pistol.

      • See The Future

        Arrows are still quite effective.

        • Reynardine

          Crossbow bolts even more so.

          • anony

            I’m a big fan of crossbows. Just think, you don’t need a suppressor to practice in your back yard without scaring the neighbors.

        • Sick of it

          Why is everyone so anti-knife? They work better than other weapons in close quarters.

          • anony

            I make knives. Love knives. I have loved knives since before the first grade. I was born with a 6″ drop point in my hand. It was a hard birth.

          • Knives are much more dangerous to the person attempting to use them, if they dont know how to use them. If an individual came at me swinging a knife, and had no clue what he was doing, i could easily disarm and kill him, assuming no cruel twists of random fate which put me at some sort of disadvantage.

          • Sick of it

            If someone happens to be a moron, there’s always the punching dagger. Hard to go wrong there.

      • MathMan

        And yet the bad guys are still getting hold of guns despite this legislation. Isn’t that amazing!

        • anony

          “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”

          But then,
          “[…] I love the trite mythos of the outlaw. I love the self-conscious romanticism of the outlaw. I love the black wardrobe of the outlaw. I love the fey smile of the outlaw. I love the tequila of the outlaw and the beans of the outlaw. I love the way respectable men sneer and say ‘outlaw.’ I love the way young women palpitate and say ‘outlaw.’ The outlaw boat sails against the flow, and I love it. Outlaws toilet where badgers toilet, and I love it. All outlaws are photogenic, and I love that. ‘When freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will be free’: that’s a graffito seen in Anacortes, and I love that. There are outlaw maps that lead to outlaw treasures, and I love those maps especially. Unwilling to wait for mankind to improve, the outlaw lives as if that day were here, and I love that most of all. “[…] In my bartender’s pockets I still carry, out of habit, wooden matches. As long as there are matches, there will be fuses. As long as there are fuses, no walls are safe. As long as every wall is threatened, the world can happen. Outlaws are can openers in the supermarket of life.”

  • Samuel_Morton

    Meanwhile Muslim religious leaders are openly calling for a holy war in mosques across Great Britain.

    • David Ashton

      No multicultural social system can even begin to function at all without authoritarian control. But as old Lenin said, “Who – whom?”

      • KevinPhillipsBong

        I think the answer always comes back, “They – them.”

    • See The Future

      A lot of Brits will lose their heads.

  • IstvanIN

    They need to pull another Oliver Cromwell, except this time they need to overthrow the Commons.

    • Reynardine

      If you read about Oliver Cromwell, you realize he was financed by the ‘Brew, so I doubt that’s a good solution.

      • David Ashton

        In my alternative world fantasy Charles III sacks parliament with his loyal regiments, restores liberty to his subjects and the British way of life to his British people.

        • anony

          “V” for Vendetta is a very good movie!

    • Speedy Steve

      Cromwell of Ely was the world’s first born-again dictator.

  • Easyrhino

    I guess Katie didn’t get the memo that the only group one is allowed to criticize is White Europeans.

  • Reynardine

    I know it’s old and cliched to say this, but Britain, baby, please, 1984 is not an instruction manual.

    • LHathaway

      From where I sit, ‘1984’ was a history of 1984. . .

    • Sick of it

      It was literally intended as a warning. Too many did not listen.

  • David Ashton

    Other titbits from the “Motherland of Parliaments”:

    “The Government has backed away from a law carrying a maximum prison sentence of ten years for anyone who deliberately harmed a child’s ‘…intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development'” following a campaign to protect parents who raise children according to their Christian beliefs. – Christian Institute Newsletter, Winter 2014

    “Children as young as three are being branded racists, homophobes and bigots over playground taunts. Thousands are being reported…for local authorities [and central government] inspectors…the national total may stretch into the tens of thousands….’One primary school pupil calling another a girl suddenly becomes a sign of gender image prejudice, subjected to recording requirements more thorough than accompanying most burglaries’.” – Daily Mail, January 2, 2015

    “The director of BBC news, James Harding, says its coverage panders to rich, white, old people.” – Daily Mail, December 20, 2014

    “Globalization is drawing almost all of humanity into a vast sprawling network… UKIP in 2015 has to show that we have a serious internationalist agenda…ever greater ;labour mobility – not just between countries but between continents…saying a cheery, welcoming ‘Yes’ to doctors from Singapore or scientists from south Asia…an optimistic internationalist and inclusive agenda for the whole country.” – Douglas Carswell, UKIP MP. “The country must stop making racist remarks about immigrants…. ‘Angry nativism must have no part in it.” – Mail on Sunday, December 28, 2014

    • Paleoconn

      I’m embarrassed this country won two world wars.

      • See The Future

        Thanks to the USA

        • David Ashton

          Why did the US government enter WW1 and WW2, and invade Iraq?

      • David Ashton

        As Old Winnie claimed, it was a war to protect our liberties from the political policeman’s knock!

  • dd121

    I think all of us at AmRen know of only one possible solution. I’m not optimistic.

    • Sick of it

      As they say, be careful what you wish for…you just might get it. There’s nothing positive about the current situation or what will come of it.

      • See The Future

        I don’t think any of us wish for war……..but it is preferable to enslavement.

        • Sick of it

          War is nice and tidy compared to what’s coming. But yes, survival is preferable to annihilation. Despite the terrible losses we will suffer. Slavery is not an option for us, as those in power wish to be rid of us entirely.

  • 4321realist

    “At some point saying “offensive” things online stopped being a social faux pas and became a potentially criminal act.”
    They had to do something to stop legitimate criticism of their multicultural scheme, because valid complaints catch on very quickly and have the potential to destroy any kind of state policy.

    They realized that when they initiated their immigration scheme. They know that natives of any country and any race are going to complain if they’re inundated with hordes unlike themselves and who create crime and chaos in their societies, so they initiated an intimidation campaign involving mostly buzz words and slogans to intimidate dissenters: Hater, Xenophobe, racist, etc. have been used freely just like “Nazi” in order to shut people up. And in order to make them feel good about being displaced they introduced clichés like “Diversity is our strength,” etc.

    They’re at a point now where all of it is beginning to grow a bit thin, plus the atrocities and crime committed by the third world hordes are getting worse and difficult to ignore, so their multicultural house of cards is getting shakier by the day. Thousands of people recently in Germany have taken to the streets to protest the Muslim invasion. Greece and Italy both have had large numbers of people complaining about these hordes. Le Pen in France is getting stronger due to out-of-control immigration policies, and backlash groups have formed with slogans like “France for the French,” etc. Dissenting groups in other countries have formed as well.

    The white weenie elites’ response to all of it is to crack down hard on people who complain, and whether or not they might be telling the truth is irrelevant. Their trending toward bringing criminal charges to dissenters is proof that they’re terrified that their delusions of creating a hare-brained utopian wonderland, and, at the same time, an economic power house of new tax payers and consumers, is going to explode right in their faces with fighting in the streets.

    And the surest and quickest way to bring that about is for their economies to fall into depression where they can no longer give away social freebies to their pets.

    • Speedy Steve

      Awwww! Is somebody offended? Good! Quite frankly, I’m glad the pathetic, cringing milksops are offended. I hope they overdose on Prozac.

    • David Ashton

      Pretty good summary of what has happened in Britain.

  • Buy British Last.

    • David Ashton

      Thanks.

  • Speedy Steve

    As Police Scotland terrifyingly informed us this week, “Please be aware
    that we will continue to monitor comments on social media and any
    offensive comments will be investigated.”

    Dunblane is in Scotland. It was the scene of a school shooting in which the perp was given a cocktail of dangerous drugs by a local psychiatrist. Long story short: the local police prided themselves on their diversity, not only did they have a lesbian on the job, but they also had a Sikh. Sadly they did not have a policeman capable of investigating a murder. It’s no wonder they couldn’t manage to vote themselves independent.

    • See The Future

      That failed vote was their nail in the coffin.

  • newscomments70

    Mr. Digby, you are being investigated by the Oceania Thought Police.

  • LeonNJ

    This is the same country who has banned radio talk show host Michael Savage for saying things that in their PC mind as being naughty. The list of other banned people also includes Russian skinheads and islamic terror leaders. They are a joke.

  • See The Future

    The Sadam/Kadafi treatment would allow for some corrections in direction.

  • KenelmDigby

    The irony is this:

    If you ever watch the (state run) BBC TV News, you will soon notice that the BBC pontificates long and hard, at every possible opportunity, about the ‘lack of human rights’ in China, and in particular ‘China suppressing free speech’.
    I would wager that ‘free speech’ is criminalized harder and more ruthlessly in today’s Orwellian Britain than in modern China.

    • anony

      Time for loud derisive laughter, graffiti, flyers, etc. against all politishams (sic) who support this tyranny.

    • Speedy Steve

      Aye. The pot is calling the kettle a negro.

  • David Ashton

    There is a small handful of wealthy patriots around, but they are funding UKIP rather than groups that operate along the lines you suggest.

  • KenelmDigby

    I’ve heard comedians, in vast auditorium halls packed with hundreds of people, say far, far worse than Katie Hopkins ever did.
    Now that a precedent has been set, it’s only a matter of time before the more risque’ British comedians are arrested and frogmarched from stage by police officers, and bundled away in police vans, for daring to be offensive to one privileged group or another.
    You might scoff, but that’s how ‘precedent creep’ works, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown, you’re living on borrowed time.

  • Realist

    “20,000 Brits have been investigated for online speech in the last three years.”
    They allow it.

    • KenelmDigby

      Apparently, because of the UK’s appalling fiscal situation, police budgets across the UK will be even further slashed in the coming years, by something like 20 to 30%.

      I just wonder how much precious police time and resources are being wasted with this ridiculous PC nonsense?

  • Sick of it

    Agents? Look at the names. Look on thousands of articles at people making the usual insane comments. Look at their names. Sometimes I feel like Charlton Heston in Soylent Green.

  • Singingbird1

    Well,one has to be careful about what one says.I think it is better English to couch one’s opinions in terms that cannot be construed as offensive but can be clear in their meaning.To be candid can be quite stupid and an indication of a lack of intelligent expression.

    • All that’s beside the point, really. In a ‘free society’ one should be able to say whatever they want.

      • Singingbird1

        Well I agree with you it is just some people with different agendas will twist things to threir own purposes if another person seems out of line.I’ll give you a good example.
        I joined the BNP for just one year in 2004 and gave a financial contribution to help Nick Griffin when Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were trying to have Nick Griffing incarcerated.I was only an armchair member of the BNP and never attended any meetings nor met another BNP Member.I joined as I was so disgusted by Nu Labour’s treatment of Nick Griffin.Being a member of the BNP was not illegal but the political climate made it risky.Well about 18 months later,after my membership expired(and which I did not renew) a false BNP Membership list was leaked by (a certain Australian busybody) and my name and all of my personal details were leaked on line.I was named as an existing member and a BNP Activist! The local Asian people found out about this and my life was quite uncomfortable for a few years.I do not speak to certain people even today because they treated me as an outcast for lies that were told and even if they had have been true it would not have been illegal.So I have learned caution.

  • IKUredux

    Yeah, O.K. What on earth is wrong calling somebody “sweaty”? And, furthermore, why is being called a “Jock”, insulting? I’m sorry, I’m not understanding this at all.

  • Major914

    These idiot Brit or Scot police deserve to be ridiculed into oblivion–Somebody with two working testicles should take charge in that God-forsaken country of pansies and restore liberty…

  • Major914

    These idiot Brit or Scot police deserve to be ridiculed into oblivion–Somebody with testicular fortitude should take charge in that effeminized country and restore liberty…

  • MartelsGhost

    Laws and punishments based on subjective standards which are defined by the conveniently offended. Seems legit.

    Have fun in Airstrip One you wankers. Let me know when the new dictionary of IngSoc has been approved by the Ministry of Truth……………………………..