And whatever it is eats itself

A motorist has been prosecuted for racially abusing a traffic warden by calling him “English”.
Mohammed Akhlaghi swore at traffic warden Robert St Paul by telling him he was “English” during an argument over a parking fine.

A pretty pass, eh?

25 thoughts on “And whatever it is eats itself”

  1. “In his defence Akhlaghi, of Hull, claimed he had been the victim of racial abuse.

    He said he has been subjected to abuse over the last seven years he has lived in the UK.”

    If only we had some sort of flying mechanical conveyances that could transport this poor man back to his country of origin.

  2. How could you, Steve?! We need people like Mr Akhlaghi in this country, to….

    Wait, what does he do, anyway?

    “”He hopes to start work at his cousin’s takeaway soon.””

    Oh.

  3. “coming over here from Germany, with your illuminated manuscripts and Christianity, taking all the turnip picking jobs”

  4. Reading between the lines, I think he was prosecuted more for the physical assault and the “racial” comment is just something picked up by newspapers as clickbait.

  5. Julia – Yes, brilliant isn’t it? 🙂

    I have noticed a terrible shortage of kebab shops and dirty-looking, surly, monobrowed kebab shop guys.

    Vote “Remain” to save Britain’s endangered campylobacter!

  6. I’d have thought calling somebody English is one of the highest compliments one can bestow upon a person.

  7. @DocBud
    I did receive a text message recently describing me as an ENGLiSH SHIT. I took it to be a compliment. Both words. I’d obviously succeeded in my intentions.

  8. Doc Bud – indeed –

    “Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life.”

    Cecil Rhodes

  9. I happened across Sky news last night, upon my return from the house of pain. They were talking about immigration and its effects in this particular London borough, and revisited a report six months ago when they’d asked various people then what they thought.

    Some local woman had said she was agin it; now she was still agin it but less keen to say so. It was the sort of thing you could say when you were with your friends, she said.

    The blonde (and I assume) British reporter then went into a corner shop to ask what view of immigration it would be acceptable for someone like her to hold. Like it’s anyone else’s business.

    ‘Would it be okay,’ she asked, ‘for me to say “No, we want to strengthen the borders and we don’t want any more people here, we’re stretched in our hospitals and schools etc?”‘

    She asked an elderly rasta and a bearded propheteer.

    The propheteer generously allowed that she should be permitted to express this opinion, though it was clearly wrong.

    The rasman was spittingly angry about it, shouting that No, she shouldn’t say this, or hold such views, and that to do so was to be evil and wrong, and nasty and barbaric and downright ‘stingy’ (which I thought was a nice touch.

    I actually thought he was going to chin her – I’m not sure he’d appreciated the hypothetical nature of her question. I suppose he could have been a retired brain surgeon, but I must say that he more closely resembled an unemployed drug dealer.

    She left the shop with a payoff like, ‘So there you have it – people are not happy with keeping the borders strong.

    End times are upon us, folks.

  10. *thinks*…
    If he’s originally from Iran, and “doesn’t still quite get the ways of the english”, you’d expect him to be a tad more careful around a uniform..

    I believe that physically assaulting an official of any flavour in Iran would land you in a tad more manure than a minor fine and some hours of community service.

  11. Bloke in Germany in Hong Kong

    I’m not sure what Tim’s objection is here. An English person is racially abused for being English, and the offender gets prosecuted. It sounds rather sensible to me. Refreshingly sensible in fact.

    Blatant racial abuse of English people for being English in England sounds like the kind of thing that should unite myself, JuliaM, SMFS, and Ecks, in delight that the law is being applied evenly rather than being used to prosecute only English people who abuse non-English people for being not English in England.

    Except that it might, of course, cause some cognitive dissonance, within the cranial cavities of those who believe that said laws are only there to protect speical (non-English) snowflakes from the English, and not to be applied evenly.

  12. Bloke in Germany in Hong Kong

    @Steve,

    Yes, vote to remain. Because staying in the EU is the only way we can keep immigration from EU member Iran at such high levels.

  13. Bloke not in Cymru

    Happened to be doing some cultural awareness stuff the other day and it had the claim that while ethnic groups can discriminate that only those belong to the dominant group that has control of power in a society can be racist.
    Surely the logical conclusion of this argument would be that there are no white racists in South Africa now they are no longer the controlling/dominant power.

  14. The Scotch had better watch what they say from now on, with derision of their regional betters being something of a national pastime.

    I remember, many years ago, obviously, reading of a case where a man was charged after calling another a “black bastard.”

    Nothing came of it, since the judge sensibly pointed out that the person was indeed black, and that the part about being a bastard was simply factually inaccurate.

    Nowadays, simply alluding to a person’s race is deemed a racist act, even where there is no associated slur.

  15. Notorious BiG – Because staying in the EU is the only way we can keep immigration from EU member Iran at such high levels.

    Hence the joke. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  16. Bloke in Germany in Hong Kong

    You need to work on your delivery. And timing. And, actually, the presence of a joke.

  17. So Much For Subtlety

    Bloke in Germany in Hong Kong – “I’m not sure what Tim’s objection is here. An English person is racially abused for being English, and the offender gets prosecuted. It sounds rather sensible to me. Refreshingly sensible in fact.”

    It doesn’t sound sensible to me. Calling someone English is hardly an insult and even if it is, childish name calling is not properly dealt with in the courts. It is a matter for adults to sort out privately. It is asinine to think the state has any role at all.

    “Except that it might, of course, cause some cognitive dissonance, within the cranial cavities of those who believe that said laws are only there to protect speical (non-English) snowflakes from the English, and not to be applied evenly.”

    That is inevitably the way they are used. That this is an exception – and it may be misreporting – doesn’t make this terrible law any less terrible.

  18. Bloke in Germany in Hong Kong

    Whether it’s a racial slur depends not on the word but on the intent of the person deploying the word, and also whether it’s preceded by a qualifier of some kind (fucking, for example). And the courts are there to sort things out between adults who can’t sort things out between themselves, but presumably you’d prefer they’d settled for a duel.

  19. Dueling would be preferable to namby pamby offence taking with Plod acting as a scolding nanny, yes.

    Pistols or sword, obviously. We don’t want people to get carried away.

    Smell the glove.

  20. So Much For Subtlety

    Bloke in Germany in Hong Kong – “Whether it’s a racial slur depends not on the word but on the intent of the person deploying the word, and also whether it’s preceded by a qualifier of some kind (fucking, for example).”

    Well no sh!t. You managed to miss the point entirely and be pompous. So what? It is hard to infer the intent of a word isn’t it? Especially as f**king can be used in a very positive way. “That was f**king awesome” for instance. Leads to a massive waste of time in the Courts.

    Which comes back to the basic point that the Courts should not be used to regulate speech in this way.

    “And the courts are there to sort things out between adults who can’t sort things out between themselves, but presumably you’d prefer they’d settled for a duel.”

    There is no sign people can’t sort out a few words between adults by themselves. There is no social injustice crying out for government intervention here.

    And no. I would prefer it if the Iranian was in Iran and our elites were not trying to flood this country with foreigners in order to make us a minority in our own lands. We need to undo all the immigration since Windrush.

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