Guidance about racist and religious crime on the Crown Prosecution Service website states a charge under the Public Order Act can only be made with the consent of the attorney general, and adds that a referral must be made to the counter-terrorism division.
Criticising the Metropolitan Police, Mr Doyle told the Guardian: ”In reality, the Met added ammunition to whatever I said.
“Concurrently, their press office should be cautioned about issuing largely self-congratulatory statements and then being forced to backtrack.”
“They smelt blood, but got egg on both their face and reputation.”
When asked if he regretted his tweets, he added: “I said how I felt at that moment in time. If anyone fanned the flames, it was the nameless Twitter trolls who smelt a lynching on their hands.
“For the Met to bow to social media rows, it is not only foolish of them but I will be making a complaint against them and [claiming for] damages for trashing my flat, taking all my electronic stuff from my flat and forcing me to leave London.”
Over the last 3 months, more than 30 groups have received funding amounting to almost $300,000 from the Wellington Community Trust.
A theme in the funding in Wellington city has been cultural diversity. From celebrating the arrival of the Chinese Year of the Monkey in February and looking forward to Africa Day on 14 May, it’s clear that Wellingtonians value the experiences that other cultures bring to the city.
Sam Manzana, President of the African Communities Council of Wellington, says, ‘This is our annual flagship event. This year we’re celebrating human rights and particularly the rights of women. Africa Day is a great way for us to come together annually to share our culture and heritage with our fellow kiwis. It wouldn’t be possible without funders such as Wellington Community Trust.’
Mark Cassidy, Chief Executive comments ‘Our city becomes a vibrant place when everyone can experience each other’s culture. However it’s important to remember that for many people new to Wellington, learning to live here isn’t always easy.’
I recall reading once about a Civil War battle in which a massed Southern infantry assault was described. In it, the confederates faced such a dense enfilade of union grapeshot they were said to have marched hunched forward as if walking into a heavy rain. I always remembered that. Not so much for the misery those northern troops secured for both sides’ posterity, but for the image of men stoically bracing to bear what their bodies will not.
It seems likely after today’s attacks in Brussels that Europeans are going to be forced into a similar posture. Walking through their lives as if into a heavy rain. Their liberal countrymen customarily retreating into intellectual temples, where white malfeasance always drives the brown fist, and no dead are mourned as intensely as a phantom backlash. They are now so practiced at preemptive weeping, it’s doubtful any additional tears could be wrung when the real thing arrives.
Though timing is everything when it comes to lashes. And none are less effective than when your country has already been lost. According to its wiki article, over a third of the Belgian capital is now non-European; a figure other sources suggest is actually much higher. At some point the ‘backlash’ will be strictly against the minority indigenous people. Fortunately, like the ones against Christians in Iraq or whites in Haiti, these things don’t last forever.
But in the meantime, stricken Belgians were left to ponder their recourse upon filing from the scene.
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