Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Jailed for exercising free speech

"Reality star" Ursual Presgrave faces jail after being charged with an offence under the Malicious Communications Act. The communication in question being:

One could agree or disagree with the sentiment, and for what it is worth this blog reckons many Down's suffers actually lead happy lives, but discussion of serious subjects such as euthanasia is a legitimate exercise in free speech. The Lancet website currently has 690 "hits" on the subject, including articles on immediate post-natal euthanasia and involuntary euthanasia of severely disabled patients.

Ms Presgrave's real crime is not her message. No, a quick butcher's at her picture shows her real crime.

Ursula Presgrave: Guilty of chav

Her problem is the bleached hair, "Croydon face lift", tattoos and piercings, including a "flesh tunnel" in one ear. People like her are not allowed to discuss serious or controversial subjects; they are restricted to talking about trashy TV programmes and football; not de juris but de facto.

Does anyone think that doctors discussing euthanasia using long words in learned publications would have any trouble from the law? Of course not, see the Lancet for proof positive.

This blog has no qualms about repeating the "malicious" communication, because some Latin was used above which grants complete exemption from all chav restrictions.

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