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#Twitterjoketrial Thoughts

By the deties there has been a huge lack of Clue going on this week.  There have been a few things that have got my goat this week and the one at the top of the pile has incensed me so that not even hearing my favourite album (Rising by Rainbow) has settled my spirit.

What is it that has riled me so and come top of the Lack of Clue pile by some distance?

Judge Jacqueline Davies at Doncaster Crown Court is who has raised my ire.  Her upholding of the verdict against Paul Chambers in what has become known as the #TwitterJokeTrial beggars belief in my sincerely held opinion.

Simply put, there is no word whether polite or profane, bluster or blasphemous which can adequately describe the unbelievable level of stupidity that Judge Davies’ verdict demonstrates.  I may only be a layman and not have the elegance, persuasiveness and knowledge of legal people but I know something half-witted when I see it. And this verdict takes the Lamb Kebab for half-wittedness.

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The Road From Legitimate Suspicion To Rampant Paranoia

Taking a break from housework yesterday I flicked through a few channels and found an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation being shown.  The episode shown was “The Drumhead”, a story about a Starfleet admiral who sees everyone as consipirators and spread mistrust and paranoia anywhere and everywhere she goes.  Because of her high rank very few people have the influence or authority to challenge her obsessions while many others fall under her spell.  The witch hunt is only stopped once it became clear to a superior that she was zealously pursuing the investigation, in the absence of evidence, for personal reasons.

It struck me that there are a few similarities between the issue covered by this episode and the current political climate in the UK and how the Houses of Parliament are dealing with the Digital Economy Bill (link to Twitter search on the topic, some very relevant responses).

It’s already widely known that Sith Lord Mandelson now believes that internet users are all criminal scum who download pirated music, games, films, terrorist device plans and spread evil gossip and misinformation about this control freak government.  He believes that the bedrock of British Law, the concept of innocent until proven guilty, should not apply to internet users such as you and me.  Merely a whisper of an allegation should be enough to get sanctions taken against people.  No trial, so no due legal process before a judge.  That is what New Labour stands for.

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Still Thinking Of Voting Labour?

This post has been coming for a while.

Regular readers will know that I am vehemently opposed to the surveillance and database states that this current Labour “government” (I use “government” in quotes because the Labour administration is unworthy of the name) is obsessed with.  I believe strongly that stupidity should not be tolerated and should be highlighted and challenged.  As this Labour “government” worships the ideas of the surveillance and database states and is demonstrably stupid in areas such as understanding the internet, much of my writings here are concentrated on those issues.

Anyone who values personal freedom and privacy should vote Conservative at the next General Election.  If you haven’t read George Orwell’s 1984 then you should.

Yes folks, crank up the Led Zeppelin classic Whole Lotta Love (used to be the countdown music on Top Of The Pops for anyone under 25 who hasn’t got a clue what I’m on about.  It’s on my playlist and air guitars are not compulsory *smile*) because here are three  reasons why I think Labour is unworthy of being in government*.  Better get yourselves a cup of tea because this is a long post:

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