Online is no longer out of sight (and beyond the law).

The next time Mick Fealty removes your comment from a thread don’t whinge, he may well have saved you a conviction:

An unemployed chef from Londonderry has been convicted of using the social network site Facebook to post a threatening message that said DUP MP Gregory Campbell should be shot.

O’Donnell denied the message was either offensive or menacing.

“Menacing” is a matter of opinion, I guess. If you’re serious about putting a bullet in an MP’s head, then you’re probably unlikely to be advertising the fact in front of thousands on Facebook. But if threatening to do so isn’t considered “offensive” in Mr O’Donnell’s book, then I’d really hate to see what was.

Anyway, the conviction is a first for the UK apparently and the message from now is:

1. Take a deep breath  2.Count to 10  3. And think “do I really mean this?”  before you post in future.

And thank your lucky starts you don’t live in Scotland where not only online death threats, but also an aggressively sung “Queen” or “crossing” could soon leave you with serious problems.

A UK Unionist and also confirmed devo-sceptic.
I believe the creation of devolved “governments” in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, along with the corresponding unsolved “English Question”, has weakened that Union.

The present-day Conservative Party would be the national party which would come closest to representing my political beliefs. I have previously belonged to the “Friends of the Conservatives” and the UUP but am no longer connected with either party.

Outside of my Unionism, I consider myself as an economic libertarian, social liberal and secularist- e’g. am pro-choice, anti-schools segregated on the grounds of (parents’) religious beliefs.

Very suspicious of NI’s Human Rights’ Oligarchy (in particular the NIHRC) and hope to be writing on this topic, as well as wider UK and European political issues.