Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Racist, homophobic?

Just been reading this article on the BBC website.

Apparently -

Mr Page was arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after a pro-hunting speech he made in Frampton-on-Severn.

He said supporters of the traditional country way of life "should be given the same rights as blacks, Muslims and gays".

An argument I find hard to disagree with and certainly not racist or homophobic.

It goes on to say that he wasn't prosecuted and that was that.


He made a DPA request for the data held by police. He then found he appeared on a "homophobic incidents register" - this seems rather heavy handed. Not quite on a par with forced retention of DNA profiles for innocent people but nonetheless, offensive in its own right.

The was one part of this which was funny though, It would appear that one officer, remarking on a proposed trip to Kenya wrote - "Hopefully, he'll get eaten by a crocodile"!

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