After the jailing of career pratt Barry Thew for wearing a T-shirt with a offensive message on it Back and to the Left news, are a little concerned for what this could mean for the freedom of expression. His arrest came days after two police officers were gunned down in a cowardly attack in Manchester, by someone in a desperate attempt to prove he had a set of balls.
Mr Thew (who Back and to the Left news agrees is a complete tosser) was arrested after wearing a T-shirt that contained the phrase "One less pig, perfect justice". For a start we should be commending Mr Thew on the fact that he managed to write a sentence without any spelling mistakes. Proving that our school system really does get through to those children who are truly, for want of a better word, "Thick as pig shit".
What he had written on his T-Shirt was deplorable and twisted but we also find people walking round with JLS T-shirts on sick and deplorable, yet they don't get arrested.
People haven't been punished for committing acts similar to this in the past (the Islamist extremists burning poppies on Remembrance Sunday were expressing their opinion, that they don't like British soldiers.) so why this guy?
We understand that emotions were running high at the time but an eight month prison sentence? Seems a little like a police state is you ask us. Why not give him a year long community order (were going to assume he doesn't work because he's got the shifty eyes of a shoplifter) cleaning up offensive graffiti? Make the punishment fit the crime. We find this sentence strange especially when people caught with hundreds of images of children (not nice images either) get suspended sentences we ask where the polices priorities lie? For Back and to the Left news this sends out the message: Abuse the kids that's fine but us police we look after our own.
Back and to the Left news has nothing but respect for the police force, who are doing an increasingly difficult job. We just think their priories are a little skewered sometimes.