I don't have a Twitter account for a lot of reasons. One, I cannot even say 'hello' in 140 characters, two, I don't know what it's for, three, it just gets people arrested for making jokes, four, I have too many accounts in too many names as it is, five, I don't have a phone that can do it and don't have eyes that could see such a tiny internet screen and fifty,. can't be bothered with it.
It gets ordinary people in trouble for careless comments (remember the guy and the Robin Hood Airport tweet?) so for anyone in the public eye, MP or celeb or whatever, can they really imagine the press isn't watching every character they type?
Diane Abbot, loony champagne Leftie extraordinare, has been accused of racism because of some idiotic comment she made. She claims the comment was taken out of context but quite how you extract an out of context quote from 140 characters is beyond my analytical capabilities. Then she apologised and she and her loony leftie friends thought that was the end of it.
Is she a racist? I don't think she is. I think she's an idiot because sending such a comment into the ether is lunacy. It's not her first visit to loony land, as Pingu's sweary cousin points out and it won't be her last because Ed Moribund won't sack her. Then again, as Cullingworth's view observer says - politician, hypocrisy, why is anyone surprised?
In the law, as it stands, she is guilty. Not because it makes any sense but because it's the law. If someone calls me a greasy Eyetie or a spaghetti-nosher, I don't care and will not call the police. However, if someone nearby perceives the calling of me by those names as racist and calls the police, the law as it stands means that the name-caller will be prosecuted under race laws.
Diane Abbot's comment was racist even though I do not believe she is. It was racist in that it defined an entire ethnic group within one derogatory statement. As a honky myself I took no offence other than to observe that it is not white people, but politicians such as herself, who are using the 'divide and rule' principle these days.
So in law, as defined by her own party while in government, if any third party whether white, black, beige or blue decides to be offended by perceived racism, she is in trouble.
Oh, and the Righteous see apology as a sign of weakness. If the Righteous want her gone, she's gone. She is one of them, true, but so is Jamie 'Spittle' Oliver and it hasn't helped him. They will turn on their own the moment they go off-message.
I suspect that, despite the Moribund's utter lack of balls and her own utter lack of principle, she will still be on the next voting forms. That Tory who went to a party where someone dressed in Nazi uniform was sacked and now risks criminal charges, but a slur on everyone white is just laughed off. She represents a constituency which, we are told at every turn, is 61% white. I bet most of them never bothered to vote at the last election.
I also bet most of them will be sure to vote at the next one. It doesn't really matter because they'll drone-vote anyway so whichever party gets in, that fan will be just as brown and stinky as before.
Lee Jaspercarrott thinks racism is more rife than ever before,. Possibly it is, after all, Labour put a lot of effort into encouraging it and the Coagulation continues their agenda. However, these days it's not about what race you are. It's about the size of your waist, your frequency of Oddbins visits, how much salt you put on your chips and whether you smoke.
If you are a fat black drinking smoker who likes salty chips.you are, in the UK, in serious trouble. However, you are in no more trouble than your white counterpart. That's equality. Diane Abbott was a big booster of equality so remember that when putting your X in the box next time. She's one of those who did this to you.
Diane Abbott was part of the government that brought about this equality. The one in which the politicians despise us all equally. Modern hate is not about the colour of your skin, it's about how much skin you have and what you put inside it. The law, however, only defends the colour.
She was one of those who made this happen. She was one of those who created these laws.
They are ridiculous, but they are laws. Should she escape them?
One rule for the proles, another for the Politburo. Let's see if that's true.
Many, many people are about to find out just where they stand.