In a twist that might have sprung from one of Franz Kafka’s better works, it turns out that the West Midlands police, rather than fight street crime, chase escaped immigrant criminals or do anything that the people actually want them to do, have (as David noted in an earlier post) placed a complaint with Ofcom about Channel 4’s excellent documentary, Undercover Mosque, following their failure to convince the CPS that there was a case for charging Channel 4 with ‘incitement to racial hatred’.
Denizens of the blogosphere will remember that this documentary was already the subject of some discussion shortly after its being aired due to its subsequent burial due to ‘racism’ on Channel 4’s Big Brother ‘reality’ TV show, a burial which prompted the ever-excellent Paul Weston to write ‘The Week Britain Died‘ and so begin his series of social commentary essays.
Comparing the reactions to Big Brother and Undercover Mosques, Mr Weston wrote that:
"In another Channel Four programme, “Undercover Mosques” an intrepid journalist with a hidden camera put his life quite literally on the line and bought us news from various Mosques around the country. This news, essentially, was that homosexuals should be killed, paedophilia condoned, women as second-class citizens beaten — as should girls who do not wear the hijab, and lastly, Islam must take over the UK and run it under Sharia law whilst waging Jihad against the infidels.
To rub salt into the wound it transpired that some organisations calling for all the above have been singled out and praised by Tony Blair and the British police as role models for their inter-faith and multicultural activities. Perhaps this is why our politicised police, so keen to prosecute the BNP’s Nick Griffen for accusing Islam of being wicked, have done NOTHING in the face of Islamic calls for murder and conquest."
Well, it would seem that we should really listen hard these days when we hear the old saw to ‘be careful what you wish for’. Mr Weston wanted the police to do something, and they have done something. This complaint to Ofcom, you see, is the plan B of the West Midlands police force after the Crown Prosecution Service informed them that there was "insufficient evidence that racial hatred had been stirred up as a direct consequence of the programme." According to the Telegraph newspaper, "The statement [from CPS lawyer, Bethan David] added that the CPS "was also asked by the police to consider whether a prosecution under the Public Order Act 1986 should be brought against Channel 4 for broadcasting a programme including material likely to stir up racial hatred."" So the police had gone out of their way to ask the CPS if Channel 4 could be done for incitement to racial hatred.
Reading through this, I realised that there was a familiar cadence in this, ‘West Midlands Police’. I’m going to have to go look a few things over, I told myself, and sure enough, there I found the story I remembered from BNP Member’s blog, recounting alleged interference and intimidation tactics being used by the West Midlands Police force against BNP members. The allegations BNP Member posted (originally listed at the BNP site) were:
". . .(A) Recent catalogue of West Midlands Police (Thats just the West Midlands region – BNPandme comment) intimidation involving sexual threats, detentions, threats to publicans and interrogation.
• BNP branch meeting at Drake’s Drum public house secretly filmed by West Midlands Police who had set up an observation team in an opposite college.
• South Birmingham BNP organiser arrested at 6am in the morning for distributing “Margaret – I wish I could seek asylum” leaflets. His house was searched in front of his children and he was held at a local police station for several hours. He is currently in the process of seeking compensation.
• BNP campaign van stopped several times by West Midlands Police during the local election campaign. Occupants were threatened with arrest for inciting racial hatred for playing “Rule Britannia” and asked where BNP meetings were held.
• BNP member held in police car, told that the police know who he is and where he lives. One Asian and one white officer then try to provoke him by threatening to sexually assault his mother and sister.
• Bulls Head public house in Kings Norton. Management visited by police officers shortly after a large and successful BNP meeting and told that they were not allowed to have the BNP on their premises.
• Other Birmingham landlords told by police officers that they would lose their licenses if the Party were to hold meetings at their venues.
• Signatories of BNP nomination papers individually visited and questioned by detectives from West Midlands police. . . ."
There’s a name for the condition you have when the police is so heavily politicised that it demonises and persecutes alternative parties and viewpoints than the ruling paradigm. Something to do with police and State, what was it now….?