Thursday, October 02, 2008

Is anybody there?

Call me old fashioned, but I think that people should only be arrested for something if it's a crime in that country.

An alleged Holocaust denier has been arrested by police after flying into Heathrow Airport in London.

The Met Police's extradition unit detained Australian Frederick Toben under an EU warrant issued in Germany.

He is accused of publishing material on the internet between 2000 and 2004 that "denies, approves of or plays down the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis".

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but Holocaust denial is not a crime in this country. So why are we arresting people for denying the holocaust? Laugh at them and poke them with sticks I understand, arrest?
Since when did Germany decide what was a crime in this country? Since when did people think that thought crimes should exist? I know Tory MP Theresa Villiers does because I watched Question Time a few years ago where she said so. But does the average person think someone should be arrested for questioning what is generally perceived to be true? That is straight out of a dictatorship and I do not want to live in a country where what you think and what you say must fit in with some pre decided list.

Well, if you must know, since we signed up to the European Arrest Warrant which was initially to fight terrorists (as if we believed that one) and now is all about extraditing young men to foreign countries on the say so of some magistrate and without the need to present evidence.

Listen up, chaps: this is what is going to happen. It's the creation of a single EU justice area. Next week, MEPs are going to vote on legislation to allow all countries in the EU to share criminal record databases. And you thought civil servants leaving papers on the train was bad, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Abortion isn't legal in Ireland and Malta but people come to the UK to have the procedure. Are the Met to be standing outside clinics waiting to arrest those women who have made that decision and traveled from those countries? Or the doctors who perform it, and ship them off to face trial in another EU country?

Are Hindus in London soon to be packed off to Austria for displaying a swastika?

And it's typical of them to test the water with a man who will be viewed as a bit of a nasty twat by most, for denying that the holocaust took place. Most politicians will be far too scared of people saying 'anti Semite' or calling them a holocaust denier for standing up and saying that this man should not have been arrested on a plane and charged in the UK and so they will use it to set a precedent.

Where do we draw the line? Clearly, the EU don't want to draw it anywhere because they want us to be a single state with one legal code which, by the way, will think nothing of locking people up for 42 days without trial, suspected terrorists or not.

Who knows, but it stands a greater chance of happening if people sit around with their thumbs up their arse instead of speaking out against it.

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