However, a lawyer from Kelso in the Borders, who saw the comment on television news programmes, expressed concern that Mr Salmond’s jibe appeared to be an attack on the English. Colin Shaughnessy wrote to Lothian and Borders Police to complain that it appeared to be “an attack on people readily identifiable to me as English, solely on grounds of race”.
One might argue that such silliness demeans political discourse and one might be right. But racist? Really? I’ve had a buffoon make just such an accusation over at mine today about an obviously facetious comment regarding the Irish. Maybe the police will be calling. My usual response to the cry of racist these days is to dismiss the person calling it as a fool – for more often than not, there is no racial connotation to the offending comment. However, in the case of Colin Shaughnessy, the police must surely feel obliged to respond. After all, is not Wee Eck guilty of an offence under section 5 of the public order act? This was the point Shaugnessy was trying to make, apparently. However, apparently not:
After registering the complaint on Saturday he had a 20–minute telephone conversation with a police sergeant who told him the matter would not be reported to prosecutors.
One rule for them and one for us, eh? Maybe, just maybe, when politicians feel the full force of the absurdities of such law, they might think twice about making them. But, then, I suspect that is too much of an ask.
I’d also point out that as an Englishman, I do not find the charge of Lord Snooty’s being levelled at our current inept government as racist, nor offensive. I’d say it’s fairly accurate and fair comment.