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vulcanised
16th May 2012, 22:41
I'm rather in favour of this movement

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/‘sworn-enemies’-unite-to-fight-section-5-of-the-public-order-act.html

Might even result in some parasitic lawyers having to find a real job.

Adam Nams
17th May 2012, 05:47
The Goodies:

Bill Oddie: "You may say I'm a looney..."

Other two: "You're a looney"

Victor Inox
17th May 2012, 07:54
Might even result in some parasitic lawyers having to find a real job.

Pret A Manger springs to mind.

OFSO
17th May 2012, 10:49
Pret A Manger springs to mind.

As does "Pret a Manager".....

skydiver69
17th May 2012, 12:52
It seems to me that there is no problem with section 5 itself however the way some of my colleagues use it do look silly. I have arrested numerous people for s.5 but these have normally been people who have been causing problems in the city centre and have been unable to hold a normal conversation without using a swear word every other word. Its also been in front of the general public where people could be offended. I am much less likely to use it on someone swearing in the street when there is no one around to hear them and I would never use it if the swearing was directed at me as I think unfortunately that that is part of the job.

When I have used it in a situation when insults have been thrown around I get a statement from the member of public who has been insulted stating why and how it has insulted them, so I would not arrest purely based on what I think is an insult.

I've looked at the Yahoo article and think that some of the examples quoted show a lack of common sense from the constables, however I don't know the context or events leading to the arrest. I can however imagine that the man arrested for saying that the police horse was gay was probably being quite annoying and provocative in other ways but the 'insult' to the horse was the bit which allowed the police to arrest him.

Victor Inox
17th May 2012, 13:13
but these have normally been people who have been causing problems in the city centre and have been unable to hold a normal conversation without using a swear word every other word. Its also been in front of the general public where people could be offended.

Pray, say: how many times have you arrested Gordon Ramsay?

Tankertrashnav
17th May 2012, 14:01
Any change to legislation which helps to get the outrage bus off the road gets my support.

Got a lot of time for Peter Tatchell - there's a lot to be said for anyone who tries to arrest Robert Mugabe! Taking offence seems to have become a national epidemic - good manners are fine, but they shouldn't need back up from the law.

charliegolf
17th May 2012, 14:52
TTN

I've always thought Tatchell an arse, especially over outing 'in' people. But I thought his remarks on R4 this week were very measured and balanced; and that he was very restrained when being interrupted every sentence by the R4bird. So, fair's fair, good on him.

CG

Evanelpus
17th May 2012, 15:56
The whole world is going barking mad, whatever next?

dazdaz1
17th May 2012, 18:11
"Feel free to insult me......" I slap your face with a mouldy kipper, I pee in the fuel tank of your car, may your groin be infested with crabs, may your Viagra tablets never work.

Just playing along with the OP. I'll get my coat..............

Daz

G&T ice n slice
17th May 2012, 18:15
your hovercraft is full of eels

errr, hang on it's ummm

I'll get back on this one

MadsDad
17th May 2012, 21:01
Vulcanised, not only is your horse a homosexual but your pet gerbil has rabies.

UniFoxOs
18th May 2012, 08:58
From the article:-

But it also makes it an offence to use words which anyone within earshot might find 'insulting'.

So if Plod accuses me of being drunk while in charge of a vehicle, or of driving too fast, and I feel insulted, what do I do?

Or doesn't the law apply to them?

UFO?