Quite a lot of readers alerted me to
one of yesterday’s Daily Mail headlines, presumably long term readers because
they compared an arrest in Faversham with what almost happened to me four years ago.
For the benefit of those whose memories do not go back that far, council leader Teresa O’Neill and several other councillors “who did not want to have their names released as complainants” (from police documents) told Bexley police they wanted me arrested for “criticising councillors on a personal level”. (†)
Apparently I was accused of threatening violence and arson when all I did was express agreement with the Maggot Sandwich blogger’s use of a metaphor.
Personally I think we need to metaphorically (††) descend on Councillor Teresa O’Neill with flaming torches and pitchforks, as it would seem that she and her scheming cohorts are impervious to reasoned argument.
So as you can see, the leader of Bexley council, Teresa O’Neill, effectively lied to have a resident (me) dragged through the courts. The woman is a monster in more ways that one but who is really at fault in a case like this and that in yesterday’s Daily Mail?
The Local Government Ombudsman told me that a council is not under any obligation to act in a responsible manner, only according to its own rules and that more importantly in their view, ( I paraphrase) any power crazed lunatic is at liberty to allege any crime they like, imaginary or not, and it is up to the police to reject the malicious and the nonsensical.
I can see the logic in that. Unfortunately it doesn’t work in Bexley where lots of evidence has been accumulated that police officers will lie to protect Bexley council. The Daily Mail reports that things are much the same in Faversham.
The Faversham resident’s ‘crime’ was taking the mickey out of local councillors. It’s only three months since Prime Minister David Cameron marched in Paris to defend the right of free speech. The Charlie Hebdo cartoons were undoubtedly offensive to some but in a rather different league to a picture of a Faversham councillor riding a donkey.
The Faversham case and mine in Bexley probably only prove three things. Local councillors have an inflated view of their own importance and below average intelligence, that David Cameron is a monumental hypocrite, and no one should ever trust a policeman. Not even the ‘nice ones’ who are mates with everyone on Twitter. They are powerless to resist the orders of their corrupt masters.
One of my correspondents asked his local Twitter policeman to comment on the Daily Mail’s report and the reply included a reference to my own harassment warning being similar.
I would beg to differ. In Faversham no one knows for sure who circulated the donkey poster whereas the source of the flaming torches metaphor was well known. Hugh Neal, who applied Mary Shelly‘s metaphor to Teresa O’Neill, has to this day received no official advice about his choice of words, as is only right and proper.
On the other hand the police warned me off of applying the Reverend Wilbert Awdry’s characterisation (The Fat Controller) to Teresa O’Neill. Clearly the abuse of her position has been personal.
Whilst both cases indicate that the Police are Institutionally Stupid, on balance I believe that Bexley police are rather worse than Faversham’s. They knew that Teresa O’Neill’s attempt to pervert justice was exactly that, but jumped at her command nevertheless. The Independent Police Complaints Commission agreed that Bexley police were entirely wrong and had failed to observe every single one of their own safeguards and procedures. But as subsequent events have shown, they learned nothing.
† The police conducted no investigation of their own, hence their incorrect belief that other people were able to post comments which I had failed to monitor.
†† The word ‘metaphorically’ did not appear in the original blog and appeared only on a subsequent edit.