Sunday, June 26, 2011

Yes, you too can swear at the fucking police

An obscenity yesterday >>

At least that's what the Mail on Sunday are saying on their front page this morning. They are basing this story on a card which Metropolitan Police Farce officers have received, which tells them not to bother arresting people who swear at their ever-sensitive selves.

Apparently, the courts won't convict people who do utter obscenities at coppers, as "the courts do not accept police officers are caused harassment, alarm or distress by words such as fuck, cunt, bollocks or wankers".

Rightly so. Police officers are possibly the very last people who should be offended by swearing. Any police officer out there who would be distressed at the prospect of someone calling them a wanker should start looking for another job right now, in your Reaper's view. They could not honestly be that good at their work if they're so thin-skinned. Being sworn at is something that happens to many of us, and some of us do have to put up with it whilst working in other professions. I used to work in retail for a few years, and I've lost count of the number of times I was called a cunt. If I could have had all of them arrested, there would have been well over a hundred altogether.

No one else has the right to have someone arrested for using foul language and frankly, I see no reason why police should either. If those swear words are accompanied by threats of violence, there may be a case for arrest, but not otherwise. Swearing isn't particularly pleasant, but criminalising it is a route we don't want to go down.

Not least of all at the Mail newspapers. If people could now be arrested for calling people obscenities, then the Mail on Sunday's daily counterpart's editor Paul Dacre would be fighting in the courts with most of the employees at Associated Newspapers.

But that's enough about those wankers...