Be careful Twitterers. The police are watching you......

A female Muslim journalist has told Sky News she was "incredibly upset" by a Twitter message allegedly calling for her to be stoned to death.


That's all it takes in our modern, politically correct country. Someone to be upset about something someone else said and the police will pounce. (Note: "Someone else", never includes muslims, but if "someone" is a muslim, the punishment is twice as harsh)

So what did he say to ruffle the smokey bacon?

Conservative Birmingham City councillor Gareth Compton tweeted: "Can someone please stone Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to death? I shan't tell Amnesty if you don't. It would be a blessing, really."
Well that's a tasteless joke Mr Compton. In a sane world, that's all it would be.
If you read here regularly *ahem* you probably know my views on freedom of speech. "Say what you choose and I will choose if I listen."

He has been arrested and bailed over the posting.
*Sigh*

Ms Alibhai-Brown, a newspaper columnist, said she was unaware of the message until a friend contacted her about it. She also revealed her daughter, who uses Twitter, had seen the message before she found out.

Initially I was incredibly upset by it.
"I straight away decided this was incitement and I would go to the police, but as it happened I didn't have to as a member of the public had already done that."
Incitement to what? Giggle?
She didn't even have to complain to the plod herself, a terminally offended Joe did it for her.
Lets put that into perspective. If you don't like something that a person says about someone you don't even know, you can get them arrested by our ever eager to please, police service.


She added: "A politician validates the many people who do threaten columnists like me... what you're saying is 'it's ok to hate so much that you kill a journalist and a writer'."
He isn't saying anything of the sort. It was a joke. Tasteless it may be, but a joke nevertheless.

A Conservative spokesperson said Mr Compton's language was "unacceptable", and he had been suspended from the party indefinitely while an investigation takes place.
A Birmingham City Council spokeswoman said: "Any written complaints will be formally considered by the council standards committee to determine if any investigation should be held.
"The committee will also be mindful of any criminal investigations concluded by the police."
It may not be acceptable for a public figure to say such things in a public forum like Twitter. At best he deserves a slap on the wrist.
Mr Compton has since deleted the original tweet and apologised for the remark, calling it "an ill-conceived attempt at humour".
That's a much better description.

Gareth Compton tweet about Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

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