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By Pete Moore On June 20th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

The Crown Prosecution Service has published advice on what the peons may say: “Guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media”

Paras 34, 40-41 and 44-45 get to the point, as does para 35, which says that Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights takes precedence:

Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include the freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers …

Para 40 states that “prosecutors should only proceed with cases under section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1988 and section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 where they are satisfied there is sufficient evidence that the communication in question is more than:

  • Offensive, shocking or disturbing; or
  • Satirical, iconoclastic or rude comment; or
  • The expression of unpopular or unfashionable opinion about serious or trivial matters, or banter or humour, even if distasteful to some or painful to those subjected to it.”

In short, it seems that only a specific threat to a person is verboten. Old Holborn has more.



By Pete Moore On May 4th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

This is the world’s first 3-D printed firearm –


Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun.

Now he has.

Early next week, Wilson, a 25-year University of Texas law student and founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, plans to release the 3D-printable CAD files for a gun he calls “the Liberator,” pictured in its initial form above.

Someone in here once said that if governments knew where the web would lead they’d have strangled it at birth. Once information is out there it stays out. This is the future, coming at us – and the state – at a million miles an hour.


By Pete Moore On April 18th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

“The Neo-Conservative Era is Dead”

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity has been launched, and doesn’t the world need it. According to the media advisory:

The Ron Paul Institute will focus on the two issues most important to Dr. Paul, education and coming generations. It will fill the growing demand for information on foreign affairs from a non-interventionist perspective through a lively and diverse website, and will provide unique educational opportunities to university students and others […]

The ill-advised policies pushed by the neo-cons have everywhere led to chaos and destruction, and to a hatred of the United States and its people. Multi-trillion dollar wars have not made the world a safer place; they have only bankrupted our economic future. The Ron Paul Institute will provide the tools and the education to chart a new course with the understanding that only through a peaceful foreign policy can we hope for a prosperous tomorrow.

RT covered it this way:

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By Pete Moore On January 29th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

In Detroit, granny decided she won’t be a victim anymore. She’s packing and will shoot any scrote who tries to steal her handbag.

In Texas, a 33-year old mother at home with her 6-year old comes face to face with three invaders. They come face to face with her 9mm and get a 1200-feet per second welcome.

I like it when women refuse to be victims.


By Pete Moore On December 29th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Truly, Waitrose is the place where miracles happen. You see, dear reader, I have this evening seen and done things of which most humans who ever lived could not have even conceived.

I drove to the supermarket and returned with hams from Germany and Italy, English bacon (hey, I loves me some pig), a cucumber, garlic and onions from Spain, Italian cheese, fish from Scotland, mushrooms from Ireland, French butter, Italian olive oil, Kentish tomatoes, UK blueberries and Greek yoghurt.

As Leonard Read so memorably explained, I have peacefully traded with uncountable numbers of people across time and space. I have benefited from the enlightened self-interest of scientists, engineers, mechanics, oilmen, farmers, drivers, nutritionists, pickers, stackers, builders, labourers and people in many more jobs I don’t even know exist. I have done all of these things for a few quid. (Imagine how many more miracles we can achieve without government inflation!) So tonight I have traveled faster than most humans could have imagined possible and will eat better than the pharaohs and emperors.

Leonard Read describes the miracle of a humble pencil and the mystery of how it comes into being:

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By Pete Moore On September 3rd, 2012 at 3:09 pm

This is a great example of spontaneous order. In Portishead, near Bristol, people assumed that government planning is necessary to ward off anarchy on the roads. But take away the government control and it’s quite remarkable how much better things are –


By Pete Moore On May 22nd, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Space X, the first commercially developed rocket and cargo ship, has blasted off. The launch went without a hitch and the Dragon capsule is in orbit. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Stand aside, communist space travel, a new age has begun.


By David Vance On April 16th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Time to meet Olly Cromwell. He’s a friend of mine in the Twitter sense and he has been put through hell. Here’s why! 

“A blogger who called a local politician a ‘c***’ on Twitter sparked a row over freedom of speech after being convicted of sending the offensive remark. John Graham Kerlan who blogs under the name Olly Cromwell, faces jail after Councillor Melvyn Seymour complained. Kerlan, who was attacking Bexley Council in south east London, posted an image of Mr Seymour’s house, as well as a tweet saying: ‘Which c*** lives in a house like this. Answers on a postcard to #bexleycouncil.’The 37-year-old went on to post another message in which he appeared to encourage other Twitter users to post excrement to the house he had identified. A later tweet read: ‘It’s silly posting a picture of a house on Twitter without an address, that will come later. Please feel free to post actual s**t.’

He has been handed a restraining order that ordered him:

  • Not to own, operate or write on a website or social media any criticisms of Bexley Council
  • Not to contact the victim directly or indirectly
  • Not to write directly or indirectly about Bexley Councillors on any site
  • Not to refer to the victim directly or indirectly on any site

Mr Kerlen, from Millwards, Essex, has been granted conditional bail until his sentencing on May 9. He could receive a custodial sentence of up to six months in jail.

Now, let me be clear. I would not use the language Olly did. I think it is coarse and inappropriate – the English language has a rich range of words to select from to express contempt for local Councillors. But this is about FREEDOM of EXPRESSION and it is an outrage that this man faces a prison sentence for simply offering an opinion of the nature of a politician. What say you, gentle reader?  I know I have been called worse things than this Councillor and take the view you just ignore it.


By David Vance On October 18th, 2011 at 9:23 am

I found this post by Alex Massie rather compelling because it shows the increasing lack of tolerance in those parts of the UK governed by little Nationalists intent on controlling what we think and say. The background relates to the conviction of Stephen Merrill and his subsequent sentencing to eight months, in Scotland. His crime was to post lunatic ravings on Facebook concerning Celtic Manager Neil Lennnon.

“Sectarianism, we are often told, is “Scotland’s Shame” though there’s also ample evidence it’s actually “Scotland’s Pleasure”. For some at least. The prosecution and conviction of Stephen Merrill for comments he posted on a Facebook page entitled “Neil Lennon should be Banned” marks a new low.

Not because of anything Mr Merrill wrote – his fevered outpourings being merely the ravings of a disturbed mind – but because Scotland now imprisons people for the crime of disliking other people and making that dislike apparent in any kind of public forum. This is a shameful moment that demeans the country far more plainly than anything said, sung or written at or about any damn football match.”

Alex is right. Merrill should not have been imprisoned for saving stupid and offensive comments. That way lies totalitarianism. There was NO threat against Mr Lennon – had there been so then I believe prison would have been a reasonable proposition. But this sentence sends the message that Scotland will not tolerate opinions that set uneasily with the governing elite. In this way they erase freedom. Remember, liberty if it means anything,  is the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear. So said Orwell. In Scotland, Salmond and his pals know better.


By David Vance On July 29th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Wonder what you reckon to this?

A 31-year-old chef convicted of posting a menacing message about DUP MP Gregory Campbell on Facebook has been fined £500 and given a suspended jail term. Darryl O’Donnell a father of two from Belvedere Park, Londonderry, posted that Mr Campbell “should get a bullet in the head”. It followed comments attributed to Mr Campbell in June of last year about the Saville report into Bloody Sunday. O’Donnell was given a five month jail sentence suspended for three years. In his sentencing at Londonderry Magistrates Court, District Judge Barney McElholm said Mr Campbell was entitled to state his opinion whether or not people agreed with what he said. The district judge said O’Donnell’s comments were menacing and offensive and should not have been posted on Facebook.

Who disagrees?

I do, for one. I value the right to tell people what they may not want to hear. In this instance, the accused behaved in an obnoxious and offensive manner. But is it right to suppress opinion? Did he literally want to kill Campbell?If so, fair enough to sentence him. But my concern lies beyond the actions of this fool O’Donnell. I worry about our freedom of expression. Over the years, I have had some very offensive and indeed threatening comments left for me. Some you see, some you don’t. My stance is to ban who leaves them from commenting on my site but they are welcome to comment anywhere else they want. I hate draconian measures and this case feels like it may have consequences. So with all due respect M’lud, I don’t agree with you. And Gregory, you are happy to sit in power with those who put actual bullets through people’s brains so stop being such a little hypocrite on this issue. Or is that too offensive?