19 January, 2012


The oozlum bird...

...has stuck its beak up its own arse.

Man charged over Newcastle racist abuse

Police have arrested — and are holding in custody — a 29-year-old man who posted a racist tweet following Newcastle United's signing of a permatanned chappie with the good old Geordie moniker of Papiss Demba Cissé.

The offending tweet has been taken down and I have been unable to find a screenshot. The precise wording used has not, as far as I know, been publicized. But the gist, apparently, was that the writer felt there were now too many Black players in the Newcastle squad. Presumably this opinion was expressed in fairly direct terms, but I see nothing wrong with it being expressed.

There's certainly an argument to be had about the identity conflict between football teams being anchored to a particular geographical location and the increasing tendency in the premiership to treat the club as a globalized business and to hire from the entire world. It would be interesting to know whether the now trivially criminalized tweeter has issues with Sammy Ameobi playing for Newcastle as well, or just with Cissé as a "proper foreigner".

Personally I think there are too many Diane Abbotts in the Commons. Go on then, arrest me.

Good this, innit.

Thoughtcrime is the only crime that matters.

'Personally I think there are too many Diane Abbotts in the Commons.'

Surely you meant "one too many" and "in the World" there ?

What have you got against Ms Abbott? She's established that racist tweets aren't illegal and whilst you may have to put up with a mild bollocking from the boss you don't get sacked, much less arrested. So if the Geordie police have misinterpreted the law she will be having words with them to ensure that all charges are dropped, and if necessary raising this case of wrongful arrest in the Commons. Mark my words.

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