Yes it’s still me, I just got a little bored with the old theme. Here’s a (not so) shiny new one called Greyzed which I like.
I don’t normally post on current affairs, but there’s a first time for everything… There have been many examples of restrictions on liberty recently. Those examples are all specifically related to Christian beliefs but there are many other examples of liberty threatened, none has created quite such a strong response as Twitter Joke Trial as it’s become known. Whatever you may think of what Paul Chambers said in his now infamous tweet (a direct message to a friend BTW, not a public posting) it’s clear that he said what he did in frustration rather than with any intent to follow up on his threat against Robin Hood Airport. Yet our legal system has decreed that his statement wasn’t just stupid but was in fact a criminal act, worthy of a fine and conviction.
Quite how the public interest is served by the prosecution of Mr. Chambers is not clear, what is clear though is Criminal acts and behaviour have been joined by a new kind of crime; speech. Saying things that insult and offend others may not be wise, but should it be criminal?
Having switched from the Metro tram system to the trains I suddenly realised last week how much the 8 mile a day round trip to the station was costing me in fuel so I went out and bought a bicycle (an Apolo 10Gx I think…). I’ve not spent a huge amount of money, it only cost just over £100. I’ve not owned or ridden a bike in about 10 years so I’m a bit sore this morning!