“We have to think really carefully before we let the police interfere in the electoral process…”

Brendan O’Neill on the intervention of the police (though note carefully how Nolan defines it police inquiry as opposed to investigation, it’s a non trivial distinction) in elections.

  • Korhomme

    It may well be a non trivial distinction, but to me the words are more or less synonymous. Even Chambers has definitions of the one in terms of the other.

    What’s the difference?

  • Point is police obliged to follow up complaint and it helps tick the boxes showing concern and support to funding needed to deal with ‘upsurge’ of xxx depending on whatever. Fact is, there wouldn’t even be a civil case to answer here.

  • chrisjones2

    If there are allegations of hate crimes then it may have to be investigated …thats what the police are for.

    So why is Mr ONeill so exercised. Well from Wikipedia his politics seem clear

    “He began his career at Spiked’s predecessor, Living Marxism, the journal of the Revolutionary Communist Party, which ceased publication after ITN won their libel action against the magazine.”

    As for the RCP its polices at various stages included

    The rejection of all controls on immigration.

    Opposition to any national economic recovery strategies, such as import controls, which aimed to pit British workers against those overseas.

    Free abortion and contraception on demand.

    Decriminalisation of homosexuality and complete equality under the law.

    Unconditional support for the struggle against British imperialism in northern Ireland, on the grounds that “British workers cannot ignore the cause of Irish liberation without renouncing their own class interests

    A claim that the police occupied Brixton: and call to organise on the streets and housing estates to keep the police out.

    Later Living Markism campoaigned for the salughter in Rwanda not be be described as genocie.It eventually went bust after making defamatory allegations againt ITN re its coverage in Bosnia.ITV sued and won and the magazine went bust. Whoops

    Quite what role, if any, Mr ONeill had in all this is unclear but can I ask why his views on this should hold any weight?

  • Korhomme

    It’s not a question of ‘letting’ the police investigate or inquire. The police, supposedly, are not controlled by politicians or the public, but respond to complaints or requests made to them; they are not ‘under orders’. They are supposed to be impartial and non-judgemental.

  • Dan

    Maybe they’ll charge someone for wasting police time…..

  • Pete

    Exactly. They have to take a complaint seriously, but I simply cannot see how Wells has done anything illegal.

  • kalista63

    If someone tells you to go away and you don’t, that’s harassment

  • Pete

    I would say that’s a rather overliteral interpretation of the law. Common sense should be used.

  • chrisjones2

    no it isnt legally it has to be repeated multiple times and there has to be alarm or distress

  • Barneyt

    Based on the accounts from the Rathfriland folks involved, it was as close as you can get to harassment. He was repeatedly told to leave and to shove his couched apology. From their account, he behaved appallingly and despite being told to get off their property several times, he continued to force his agenda and attempt to meet his own needs, at their expense.