Putting the thoughtpolice on trial

Putting the thoughtpolice on trial, by Andrew Doyle, a stand-up comedian.

In January this year, Harry Miller, a 53-year-old docker and former police officer, was investigated by Humberside Police for retweeting a supposedly transphobic poem. Speaking to a police officer on the phone, Miller asked whether he had committed a crime, to which came the ominous response: ‘We need to check your thinking.

His retweet had been reported as a ‘non-crime hate incident’ – essentially offensive speech or behaviour which police often investigate and record in cases where no crime has been committed. …

The politicization of the criminal-justice system proceeds apace,. led by the increasingly leftist bureaucracy:

Over 3,000 people are arrested each year in the UK for offensive comments posted online. Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 criminalises online speech that can be deemed ‘grossly offensive’ by the courts (without any requirement for a prosecutor to prove that there was any intention to cause offence). It is a grotesque infringement on civil liberties.

It sometimes seems as if police departments are engaged in a competition to see who can behave in the most menacing manner on social media. ‘Think before you post or you may receive a visit from us this weekend’, tweeted Greater Glasgow Police in 2016. Not to be outdone, South Yorkshire Police called on the public last year to ‘report non-crime hate incidents, which can include things like offensive or insulting comments’. …

Police enforce the left’s incoherent dogma:

On the one hand, we are told not to question the biologically essentialist view that trans people are born with a brain that is gendered in a way counter to their anatomy. And on the other, we are told that gender is entirely socially constructed.

This week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) stated that: ‘Men who get their periods are men. Men who get pregnant and give birth are men.’


Police in the UK spend their time investigating and “correcting” the thoughts of non-PC whites, yet could not find the time or motivation to investigate the thousands of rapes of young girls in tens of English towns — such as Rotherham — by Muslims of Pakistani origin. Despite thousand s of complaints, the police didn’t want to know because it was too non-PC. They dismissed it, said the girls must have asked for it. Some estimates of the number of young white and Sikh girls raped run to a hundred thousand, even a million, over two decades. A colossal crime enabled and hushed up by the PC police.

Are we moving back to pre-Enlightenment behavior? As in so many things, the UK leads the way.

Ayn Rand seems appropriate:

There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them.