The Independent reports that more than 20,000 people in Britain have been investigated by Law enforcement for comments they have made online in a story about a law enforcement investigation of a tabloid columnist for an online comment.
This latest revelation on the continued shuffling of British Civilization into a vegetative organism not too dissimilar from Orwell's IgnSoc comes a month after a man had been threatened with life in jail for swearing after spending eight of the last ten years in jail for swearing thanks to the hybrid civil/criminal legal abomination know as the Anti-Social Behavior Order. It also comes one season after Home Secretary Theresa May imagineered a new class of Anti-Social Behavior Orders targeted to countering extremist speech, which would effectively serve as gag orders preventing the acknowledgement of things, people, and ideas that exist as existing, because terrorism.
Much of the absurdity in this case arises from how absurdly inoffensive tabloid columnist Katie Hopkins tweet "being investigated" is:
Little sweaty jocks, sending us Ebola bombs in the form of sweaty Glaswegians just isn't cricket. Scottish NHS sucks. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/12/1358/1
There is nothing more reasonable in this world that being outraged that your own local version of Obamacare is moving any quantity of live Ebola virus closer to you. There is nothing wrong about calling persons you perceive to be ruining the quality of your lived world any slang term for genitalia you feel like calling them. It is also entirely medically accurate to use the term sweaty when discussing persons afflicted by the Ebola virus.
It further does nothing to advance the possibility of any form of civilization continuing on Britain when indigenous law enforcement agencies tweet things like:
Please be aware that we will continue to monitor comments on social media & any offensive comments will be investigated.
Because of course "offensive" comments are a matter for law enforcement in Britain. Never mind that much of the population in nearly any Anglophone state possesses so little emotional fortitude that any useful speech is going to contain utterances or writings that some portion of the homo sapien population are going to consider offensive. Law enforcement and other cirrhotic organs of the state are ready to arbitrate the politics of offense with further abortus like pseudolegalism.