A wealthy businessman was arrested at home in front of his wife and young son over an email which council officials deemed ‘offensive’ to gipsies – but which he had not even written. The email, concerning a planning appeal by a gipsy, included the phrase: ‘It’s the 'do as you likey' attitude that I am against.’ Council staff believed the email was offensive because ‘likey’ rhymes with the derogatory term ‘pikey’.So just writing a word that rhymes with another word which itself is deemed "offensive" is enough to get you arrested, locked up, fingerprinted and DNA sampled? And all in the name of 'community cohesion'.
Sussex Police said they had arrested the businessman over ‘suspicion of committing a racial or religious-aggravated offence’.Chief Inspector Heather Keating said: ‘Sussex Police have a legal duty to promote community cohesion and tackle unlawful discrimination. ‘We are satisfied we acted appropriately in identifying the owner of the computer used and through this, the identity of the writer of the offending line. Police said they would hold the innocent men’s DNA indefinitely, which they said was in line with national policy. A council spokesman said: ‘As far as we were concerned it was an offensive comment, so we got in touch with the police.
Laying a concrete block on a piece of rural land 200 yards from an important historical site in an area of outstanding beauty and then erecting a hideous mobile home on it - all done contrary to the laws of the land and in the face of opposition from the local community doesn't seem to me like like something likely to encourage 'cohesiveness'. Yet it is the complainers who are arrested and harrased while the real law breaker hides behind ludicrous racial discrimination laws.
The Mail should watch out, using the term "gypsy" in its headline. Isn't that 'offensive'? I thought these people had to be referred to as 'travellers' or 'members of the travelling community'. Seems an inappropriate term to me, given that so many controversies surrounding them concern not 'travelling' anywhere but staying put, illegally and cynically wherever they feel like it. Something the rest of us certainly cannot do.