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Calling Someone The C Word On Twitter Is Now Officially A Crime

Calling Someone The C Word On Twitter Is Now Officially A Crime

I’ll repeat that shall I … if only to try and convince myself that I’m not dreaming … calling someone the C word is a terrible crime that will see you in court, prosecuted, found guilty and facing a custodial sentence. That’s official because the blogger and tweeter, Olly Cromwell, has today been found guilty under Section 127 of the Telecommunications Act 2003 of making a grossly offensive and menacing comment on Twitter.

Apparently, Olly called a Bexleyheath councillor a cunt, on Twitter, and a District Judge has now referred Olly To Bromley Court for sentencing. The prosecution are asking for a custodial sentence equal to 45 days for each letter.

What. The. Actual. Fuck.

I share the same feeling as the guy over on the Bexley is Bonkers website … you’d expect Twitter to be alive with this story … but it isn’t. Check out the hastag #FreeTheBexleyOne … it’s hardly wall-to-wall outrage and fury. Why is that? No. Seriously. Why is that? Am I missing something here? Everyone must be crapping themselves about using a four letter word on Twitter. Is it because everyone is becoming increasingly wary about what they say on Twitter these days?

Perhaps someone could enlighten me.

Where on earth is all this nonsense leading? Is the government and TPTB finally beginning to tighten the noose of the free speaking internet. Is thought … now officially a crime?

You can  check out the full story about Olly Cromwell, the Bexleyheath councillors and the latest updates on #c*ntgate HERE. And, if you should be reading this Olly, I’m stunned at the outcome so you must be feeling like you’re leaving in an absolute nightmare.

My thoughts are with you [there but for the grace of god and all that] and I just hope that someone comes to their senses and you don’t have to serve a custodial sentence and if this humble blog might be of any use to you, in any way, just ask.

+++ UPDATE : 21:50 +++

An excellent post, which provides a concise timeline of all the events leading up to today’s guilty verdict, can be read HERE. If anyone else has blogged on the issue then feel free to leave a link in the comments.

Many thanks to the hundreds of you that have tweeted and re-tweeted this post. Keep spreading the word. The more people who know about this … the better ;-)

+++ UPDATE : Sunday 21:22 +++

Regular readers Of the Max Farquar blog will know that I’m not much of a one for stat porn but at the time of this update more than 10,000 of you have tweeted or re-tweeted this blog post and dozens more have blogged about Olly Cromwell’s guilty verdict. As a result, a wider audience has been reached and a countrywide debate has begun on the ramifications of the ruling.

OK, so I admit to being a tad provocative with the title of this post but it has achieved what it was intended to do and, more importantly, it’s not a total lie. To prove the point, here is a quote from a post by Olly Cromwell, which was written today :

I was found guilty of sending said communication, and the judge in her ruling (paraphrasing) that she found the wording of my tweet grossly offensive and menacing. So yes I was convicted of using the word cunt and I was convicted for a throwaway remark on Twitter.

You can read his full post, ‘A Quick Summary of Events‘ by clicking the link HERE.

I freely admit that I’m not au fait enough with the details of what Bexley Council have or haven’t done to provoke Olly’s outburst (that’s for him and others to decide). I’m here to defend his right to have an opinion … and to voice that opinion. It’s his right. It’s my right. It’s your right. Whether we use a four letter word to convey it  .. or not.

It’s called freedom of speech.

+++ UPDATE : 9th May 2011 +++

Olly Cromwell has now been sentenced … details HERE

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  1. Melvin Seymour and Sandra Bauer are a pair of Orwellian Thought Police cunts. These are my words, not Max’s. Any policeman who tries to pursue this, together with any lawyer who rears to his/her/its hind legs in court for the proscution, is also a cunt of the first water.

    Come to that, those persons listed hereunder are also Cunts: Cameron, Clegg, Miliband, Balls, Straw, Blair, Hoon, Reid, Harman, Blair, Broon (ubercunt), King, Anjam Cunting Choudray, Hamza, that bloke who set fire to the furniture shop in Croydon, Heath, Wilson, Hollis … pant, pant … cunts, the lot of them :-)

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    • And Huhne, of course. Particularly that cunt…

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    • Could one say that all of those cunts, (how refreshing to say it,…..right out loud too) are talking bollocks? if so should the plural of the group of cunts talking bolloks be cunty bollocks be cuntie bollocki ?
      just thought I would run it passed you before the next sitting on Monday old sport.

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      • Not sure Meldrue…

        Following Captain Haddock’s link, it would appear that the word has its origins in Old Norse – ‘kunta’. Now, those of us who can remember Alex Haley’s risible book ‘Roots’ will recall that its hero answered to the name, ‘Kunta Kinte’ … one Irish royal marine I used to know insisted that this was a misunderstanding and was, in fact, referring to an African virgin by the name of ‘Kunta Getinto’ … so heaven knows the derivation. But Latin is unlikely, I fear …

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        • .. as I thought Caratacus. I think I shall just shout from the back bench in words that most would understand …..ehem “Oi you bunch of CUNTS you are all talking fucking bollocks, the fucking lot of you, you, you, fucking arseholes” However with second thought, no, I shall throw caution to the wind and gamble on any copyright infringements.

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    • The main drawback to this whole argument is that cunts are actually useful.

      Perhaps calling a councillor a “cunt” IS wrong!

      Makes sense, now…

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    • Get your facts straight before you rabble-rouse.The word cunt can still be used and this case was not about the word cunt.It was about a prick called John Kerlan who uses the name Olly C.He posted something on twitter that was deemed to be manacing when he posted the photo of a councillors house and invited people to post actual shit.Yes he did also call him a cunt but that was not relevant to why he was convicted but some people like to create propaganda for their own ends.This councillors only crime was to live opposite someone who has issues with Bexley council

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      • @billy

        First, I am guilty of many things – as the memsahib will readily confirm – but rabble rousing isn’t one of them. I speak for myself and no-one else. You flatter me if you think my inane burblings are likely to influence anyone.

        Second, I trust Max; I don’t know you.

        Third, I trust this source of information enough to form a decision – http://spiderplantland.co.uk/sir-olly-c-and-the-case-for-free-speech-in-bexley/

        Free speech is under enough of a threat as it is without helping the buggers closing the gates any more.

        I detest bullies, and I loathe corruption. Anyone who combines the two to further their twisted ends is a cunt in my book. If the cap fits, wear it.

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        • This case has nothing to do with free speech but has everything to do with menacing tweets.If you post pictures of someones house on an activists website and invite people to post shit you have crossed a line.If we are calling that sort of behaviour acceptable then we all need to call time out.The fact that certain troublemakers want to focus on the word cunt and take it completely out of context in relation to why this fool was convicted then cuntgate as they are calling it will lose everyone credit for pursuing real causes

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          • No Billy it is you that needs to get your facts straight. The initial charges relating to the photo and the comment about posting shit were dropped because there was no evidence. A new charge based on his use of the word cunt was then initiated. So you are as wrong as wrong could be.

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            • Are you for real?Where did you get that from?I was at the court as the family on the wrong end of this prick is my family so get your facts straight!

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              • October of 2011 : Olly arrested for the following two offences:
                Harassment
                Incitement to commit criminal damage

                21st December : Above charges dropped due to lack of evidence: New charge : under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 – sending “grossly offensive” tweets.
                Olly has been convicted for using rude words about a cuncillor – how could he have been convicted of “incitement”? since nobody was, erm, incited and even if they were, Olly didn’t give ‘em the address. What a second rate inciter he turned out to be. That’s why the charges were dropped – hello?

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                • cuncillor

                  I like that word and with your permission I’m going to use it.

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                  • I’m glad you like and you certainly don’t need my permission to use it. In fact I was going to suggest a twitter and blog campaign to omit the letter “O” from council and councillor from now on, partly to reference this day when a man was convicted of using naughty words about a cuncillor and upsetting the poor dear, and partly because we all know they are all cunts through and through anyway so it seems appropriate.

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              • Somehow I doubt you were there as “family” or, I would argue, a person remotely interested in justice seeing as you object to him calling someone a “cunt” yet you are calling him a “prick”.

                Classy.

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                • He must have gone to Cambridge LOL

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              • Actually Billy, if you were there and are connected to the case would you care to inform us whether the judge is a Bexley cuncillor?

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                • You complete mugs.This man was convicted mainly for the menacing part of the act that it fell under.Nobody cared about him calling anyone a cunt.On its own it meant nothing.He was convicted because the posting of the photo of the HOUSE along with the words “please feel free to post some actual shit”.That was an incitement.He is not going to prison he is just going to end up with a restriction order.It had to stop or where else would it lead?.Anyone here justifying that is truly as bad as this PRICK.Something i would gladly say to his face which he would not have the courage to do.He tries to go around making out he is some kind of fighter for freedom but he couldn’t even look you in the eye if he had an issue with you.A total fraud

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                  • “Nobody cared about him calling anyone a cunt.On its own it meant nothing.He was convicted because the posting of the photo of the HOUSE along with the words “please feel free to post some actual shit””

                    Well thanks for an interesting insight into the injustice system. Those charges were dropped because the CPS had no evidence, a trumped up charge of “offensive” tweets is brought in instead, presumably just to get him in court, so the judge can convict him, not on what he’s ultimately charged with but on what he wasn’t charged with.
                    What a complete farce and travesty. I’m with Stephen Fry on this. Cuncillor Seymour should be ashamed of himself.

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                    • The CPS dropped the charges and substituted them with the new charge which was more appropriate.As for there being no evidence read the defence statement posted on Bexley is bonkers at the top of the page which say “papers disclosed to the defence”.Read that and say that there was a lack of evidence.As for the councilor what should he be ashamed of? Ashamed that someone took a photo of his house and asked people to post shit.Are you that demented that you think he is the guilty party?.

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                    • Cuncillor Seymour should be ashamed of abusing the criminal justice system to silence this man’s commentary on Bexley cuncil. Even if suggesting people should feel free to post shit were “incitement to post faeces through a letterbox” then it’s only thought crime, since no-one actually did. And how could it be incitement when Olly didn’t provide the address. Did he specify people should post through the letterbox or post on Twitter? Did shit mean faeces or just shitty mail? The case is a travesty of justice. Cuncillor Seymour and the presiding judge I call for your resignations..

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          • As far as I was aware Billy shit has been posted through many a post box for years, Domino Menus, Toy’s’R’Us sales, to name a couple! oh, and lets not forget PARTY POLITICAL BEG FOR YOUR VOTE TIME SHIT. May be if we were to jail all of those cunts leaving them to fend themselves on an island some where in the Bearing Sea, it may help to balance the books a tad.

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            • You know what I give up.You are right.Lets call it open season on anyone! so you are free now to put pictures of peoples houses and try to get as many disgruntled fuck ups to do anything they can to offend and scare grandfathers who go to work in the day and part work as a councilor in the evenings.Bravo England!

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              • Read Max’s reply to GS here: http://www.maxfarquar.com/2012/04/church-banned-norwich-market-stall-after-complaints-hate-leaflets/#comment-87032

                .. and then consider Cromwell’s plea to the synod of the Church of Scotland in 1650 .. it’s possible that it’s us who’s wrong, equally, it may just be you..

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              • Have not the so call leaders of this c untry been doing that for many years to OUR pensioners.They tax my pound when I earned it fair enough, I manage to save a couple of quid to get interest and, fair play I am taxed on that too. Feeling a tad peckish I think I fancy a pasty for lunch however, I CANT AFFORD A HOT ONE BECAUSE THOSE CUNTS HAVE TAXED IT THE FUCKING THING!
                So lets get priorities right here in our so called FREE country

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                • completely different argument.This has nothing to do with us being unfairly treated.Its about attempting to intimidate someone in their home.Your last post was utter diversionary bullshit!

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                • Billy,

                  Please excuse my ignorance of the modern day technlogy, your reply although forwarded to my private E-mail says……echem
                  Author: billy
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                  completely different argument.This has nothing to do with us being unfairly treated.Its about attempting to intimidate someone in their home.Your last post was utter diversionary bullshit!

                  I can’t seem to find it on this page, as I say Billy forgive my ignorance for this technlogy as it not been designed for those with stiff fingers, but has this not confused up your argument somewhat. On another note I think I recognise you…….. is your first name Silly?

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                  • Technology …………… ooops, headmaster’ room now

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                    • Now now Meldrue.You clearly have lost the argument to be name calling

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                    • @ billy

                      ” … about a prick called John Kerlan … ”

                      Think you lost the moral high ground some time ago :)

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  2. Dazed & Confused

    I nominate Bexley council for a special award on the “Is a cunt” website……Is that still around?

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    • Not for much longer … the way things are looking.

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      • I’m not an OC reader (the name puts me off for starters because the original Oliver Cromwell was such a treasonous cunt) and can’t advise the blogging OC what to do, since I don’t know the full facts, but if I were accused of such an “offence” I’d respond by asking the Clerk to pass a note along these lines to the magistrate/judge or whoever is dealing with it:

        “To the Court:
        I have been charged with a so-called “offence” which I cannot recognise as such. I do not accept an English court’s jurisdiction to try me for such an absurd and trivial non-issue and so consequently I shall not be appearing. I shall not defend myself because I contend I have nothing to answer for. I am not required to explain myself, will not be entering any plea and neither will I be offering up any mitigation, for the aforementioned reason. I cannot even ask the Court to dispose of the “matter” as it sees fit in my absence, since I maintain there is no matter to dispose of and I decline to validate or legitimize such proceedings by taking any part in them. To do so would be to accept I have something to answer for, which I robustly maintain I do not. That is all I have to say.”

        In other words, “go fuck yourselves.”
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  3. It’s not a word I use and I don’t particularly like to hear it either but in this case I think we should get “cunt” trending on twitter. It’s a disgraceful precedent.

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  4. Dr Alan McCowan

    “it’s hardly wall-to-wall outrage and fury. Why is that? No. Seriously. Why is that?”

    I think I can answer that for you. It’s because Mr Cromwell’s case is presented so incredibly badly that almost nobody will ever bother ploughing through a series of dense, dreadful-looking blogs for long enough to find out what he did or didn’t do.

    If you want something to catch on on the internet, here’s a tip – make it easy for people to see, in a matter of seconds, what happened. Post a picture of the actual tweet, or at the very least a clear recreation of it. Have an easy-to-follow timeline of events, not screeds of what just sounds like some demented general ranting about the council.

    Mr Cromwell may indeed be guilty of the most egregious injustice in the history of these islands, but if you want to get the massed internet on his side you’re going to have to do a MUCH better job of explaining why.

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    • Thanks for the input. Good points but it’s a shame if being a little less adept than others [in any course of events], should preclude someone from being heard. Maybe it’s blogs like this that are to blame [in this case] … for not drawing wider attention to the situation sooner. i.e. before it’s too late to help?

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      • Dr Alan McCowan

        “Good points but it’s a shame if being a little less adept than others [in any course of events], should preclude someone from being heard. ”

        A shame? Undoubtedly. It’s a pity that articulacy is a condition of being heard and supported, because not everyone is articulate. Unfortunately that’s the way it is, so if Mr Cromwell doesn’t find someone to speak up for him who fulfils that criterion, he’s buggered.

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        • A bit like Tim Ireland and Nadine Dorris. She might be a bit batty and Tim might have a bit of a case for pulling her up on her lies, but he doesn’t help his case by putting so much detail on his blog. And he concentrates a bit too obsessively on her to the extent that it might look like stalking to someone who doesn’t follow all the twists and turns.

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        • He will be buggered when he goes inside!

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  5. Absolutely fucking ridicluous!

    So this cuntry (oops!) has now descended to the depths where you get sentenced to 6 months inside for calling a spade a spade (ops! Is that racial abuse?) but you can get away with a suspended sentence for causing death by dangerous driving.

    Ab-so-fucking-lootely unbelievable! And I’m willing to bet that if the bloke wasn’t a councillor, then no-one would have taken a blind bit of notice!!

    Orwell was sure right. He just got the year wrong.

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    • It just doesn’t seem to stack up anymore. Relative justice, I mean. Maybe it’s always been a bit like that but there REALLY does seem to be a much greater imbalance of late. Thought crimes are the new black … or so it would seem.

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    • Do mind if I use the text in your post on my blog. I’ll give you accreditation. It’s better than anything I could write.

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  6. Dr Alan McCowan

    Tsk. I mean “a victim of”, rather than “guilty of”…

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  7. Melvin Seymour and Sandra Bauer are a pair of Orwellian Thought Police cunts. These are my words, not Max’s. Any policeman who tries to pursue this, together with any lawyer who rears to his/her/its hind legs in court for the proscution, is also a cunt of the first water.

    Come to that, those persons listed hereunder are also Cunts: Cameron, Clegg, Miliband, Balls, Straw, Blair, Hoon, Reid, Harman, Blair, Broon (ubercunt), King, Anjam Cunting Choudray, Hamza, that bloke who set fire to the furniture shop in Croydon, Heath, Wilson, Hollis … pant, pant … cunts, the lot of them :-) I second that wholeheartedly, now perhaps the TRAITOROUS CUNTS REALLY START TO HANG THEMSELVES!

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    • Not calling anyone a CUNT, I am calling them TRAITOROUS CUNTS make sure to get the charge right. I am Spartacus! Bastard TRATOROUS CUNTS!

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  8. Since when has litotes been a crime?

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    • Joe, wouldn’t that mean calling someone a cunt meant that they weren’t really? I dunno, I’m confused now .. it’s easy to confuse a stupid person ;)

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      • But if Olly’s alleged ‘crime’ is understatement ……..

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        • Aah! Now I see – told you I was stupid …

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  9. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

    JFK

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    • Indeed, and that is the direction we are clearly headed.
      The whole thing is a nonsense. We’re all pretty familiar with situations in which when a criminal prosecution fails, the victim can often go on to seek damages through a civil action owing to the lower standard of proof needed. But there’s never been a remedy at Common Law for obtaining damages for defamation arising from someone calling someone else a “cunt.” The well-established defence would simply be ‘vulgar abuse’ and any action for damages would fail. The Common Law approach is also the common sense one!
      Sheesh! Some people’s egos are so fragile…

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  10. Olly should have called him a queef…..that would have ‘spannered’ the cunt. (my words.)

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  11. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cunt

    Plenty of material there for a meaningful defence, methinks ..

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  12. Cunts.

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  13. I had been vaguely aware of the goings on in Bexley for some time – though rinse and repeat up and down the country.

    Olly like others in the blogging community people is someone who actually cares about how we are governed, such that it is done in a fair, decent and honest way; that our representatives serve the people rather than themselves or very narrow interests…

    This is what the internet and blogging community is; done with facts (most of the time because the churnalists in the MSN seem oblivious to them); with passion (and sometimes bad language), sometimes humour and satire; but actually with a love of what is right and decent.

    It is very sad that people’s thoughts and opinions are being used against them. I guess a majority of people engaged in online debate could be in deep doo-dah if this kind of thing is allowed to take root. Create a climate of fear, dissent may be quelled, though I imagine eventually the earlier quoted JFK line might come into play.

    A sad day, not the first, won’t be the last. It’s very frustrating watching this, and the general assault on freedom of speech to protect indefensible even treacherous behaviour.

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  14. The way things are going in this country, the Stasi would have been creaming their jeans ..

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  15. just thought i would put my “tuppence” (pun was intended) worth in. Youre tweet (sounds rude too now) gave me the biggest laf in yonks (ages) i agree with everything yu sed but cant see how balls can be a cword. Seriosly thow i didnt know being a prisoner to language is now literally true. likr a prev reply i dont use cword either but worlds gone mad

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  16. I’ve taken the liberty of writing a summary of the whole case on my own blog here for anyone that wants to read it.

    A simple timeline that cuts through the emotion of various posters and just lays out the facts as they happened.

    Make your own minds up

    http://spiderplantland.co.uk/sir-olly-c-and-the-case-for-free-speech-in-bexley/

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    • Your blog about only was brilliant clear and precise not to mention fair

      I for one will be retweeting the URL

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    • Excellent Spidey. Clear and concise … everybody who wants to get up to speed on all the detail, should click your link and read it ;-)

      Any other bloggers who have done a post on this issue are also welcome to leave a link in the comments here.

      Keep spreading the word!

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  17. Meanwhile over in Northern Ireland, a Sinn Fein MLA is frightfully offended by some wee scrotes posting shite on Facebook, so he reports them to the police and they end up prosecuted.
    This being the same Sinn Fein parading through graveyards last Sunday alongside IRA paramiltary thugs with guns damning the British.

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/pair-fined-after-posting-sectarian-comments-on-facebook-16144505.html

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  18. Rusty, from the satirestall blog was also ‘lifted’ a couple of weeks ago, but his nemisis is the ‘Caledonian Mafia.’

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  19. I cun’t believe it.

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  20. Alexander Hanff

    This is just ridiculous, the Judge has completely misapplied the law here – that law is designed to deal with menacing phone calls not for censoring free speech online.

    Had he called them a cunt to their face he would not have been prosecutable as far as I am aware.

    Yes it was offensive, yes it wasn’t very nice, but does it meet the requirements of menacing as defined under the Act – absolutely not.

    The judge who made the ruling should be disbarred, this judgement beggars belief.

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    • I think that’s what they call “precedent” or “case” law – that is, making up bits of common law as you go, to suit the puppet masters.

      Otherwise known as judicial activism. The Strasburg court does it all the time, of course…..

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    • Appalled & Confused

      Is there no such thing as an appeal process? Why is this a foregone conclusion if the judge made a grievous error in his / her interpretation of the Act? Surely, that would be enough of an error to warrant an appeal?

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  21. I only found this blog randomly through a tweet by an american showrunner who regularly uses the word c*nt. I am struggling to come to terms with how stupid this country is becoming, and this really hasn’t helped.

    As for getting it out there on twitter, I remember Stephen Fry and Dara O’Briain were vocal about the Paul Chambers bomb comment tweet, is it not worth bombarding them with links to the story in the hope they can publicize it better? With over 4 million/almost 1 million followers it’s got to be worth a try.

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  22. Isn’t this one of those times when the “Anonymous” group should step in?

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    • Well, quite! The council have made themselves a rather conspicuous target for an overwhelming DDoS attack. Serves ‘em right! Wankers. ;-)

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  23. Hi Max. Just put this into one of the Telegraph “comments” sections.

    THIS IS THE IMPORTANT STORY:-

    “Apparently, a blogger called a Bexleyheath councillor the “C” word, on Twitter, and a District Judge has now referred him to Bromley Court for sentencing. The prosecution are asking for a custodial sentence equal to 45 days for each letter.

    THE END OF FREEDOM. CAN YOU BELIEVE 1984 IS REALLY HERE. WHAT AN OUTRAGE! NEXT YOU WILL BE ARRESTED FOR THINKING.

    Shouldn’t everyone be doing the same and flooding the “comments” sections of the main media?

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  24. This guy is a pratt………..standards should be upheld and calling someone a **** is disgusting.

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    • Ahh yes standards, ask camoron about the standards used by his right hand man,(yuk)little nick, there are apparently videos of him using the **** (CUNT)word. But it seems the bigger the ****(CUNT) is the less likely it is they will be chastised(sorry, locked up today in new Britain. E.U. Plc Ltd) If all you see is a man calling someone a ****(CUNT) in this story then you are a ****. Best regards.

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  25. It’s a bit like emperors new clothes imho.

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  26. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=zytSsBwvymY

    dont forget about Kevin Bloody Wilsons little song !!, at the above link.

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    • Appalled & Confused

      Now here’s one dude who’s obviously never been to Canada.

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  28. I wonder how he’d get on in prison calling his cellmates a ****

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    • In prison, his cellmates probably won’t be *****

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      • All(3 out 600+)of those honourable gentlemen out now Joe?

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    • Appalled & Confused

      Anna, you’re really obsessed with trying to convince people they “CAN’T” say the C(unt) word, aren’t you? Hey! Why not move to Iran! I KNOW they’ll agree with you there. They can’t say the word CUNT either. Does that CUNT word offend you? No worries! There’s this place called the middle east that are just DYING to have you over there. They’re always looking for CUNTS who think they can impose their beliefs on the population at large. Then you can assert your CUNT aversion quite freely.

      PS How do you feel about COCK

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  29. Hi Max
    Is there an update on this. Feed-back suggest the guy is home and free. Is this true?

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  30. It seems councillors on Bexley Council are corrupt underhanded nepotistic tyrants (CUNTs for short)!!

    Hopefully the backlash from this stifles any further attempts from small minded nitwits (oh yes I went there!) upon their masters, the electorate.

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  31. Reminds me of the time the Sex Pistols were taken to court for ‘Nevermind The Bollocks’ – they got off with it because the explained that it was an old Anglo-Saxon word. I dont know if your brief did or did not mention that the word ‘Cunt’ should also be treated the same. Sorry to hear about all this but it is time that people began to realise that we are all being ruled and dictated to by CUNTS. Start the fightback NOW !!!

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  32. “Arseholes fucking bastards cunts and pricks…”http://bit.ly/9lVVU

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  33. I’m an American. I truely find it unthinkable that the government thinks it can control what language we use on the internet. As George Carlin protested in his comedy routine….I will use those words whenever I feel like it! Shit, piss, cock, CUNT, cocksucker, mother fucker, TITS! Get your FUCKING head out of your ASS you power hungry fools! Piss off! Jog on! Shut it you stupid CUNT! CHEERS :-)

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  34. WTC? (What The Cunt?)

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  35. I was taken to the High Court after being sued for libel… all over outing an author and revealing all of his dodgy marketing tactics. I also wrote about harassment laws in this country being used to close down free speech.

    The “cunt” case is another example of people seeking to be offended when, in reality, the “block” button is far more convenient and grown up.

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  36. Lol. Pppppplllbbbb!!!!! IN A REALLY LOUD VOICE IN A SING SONGY MANNER……”CUNT, CUNT, CUNT,CUNT, CUNT CUNT CUUUUNNNT, CCCCCUUUUUNNNNTTTT!!!!!

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  37. Truly a terrible thing and a ridiculous waste of court time, but a part of me can’t help thinking that making people take personal responsibility for what they post on the internet would make the whole place better. Too many people post comments that they would never say out loud but the anonymity of twitter gives them a freedom that takes away any sense of responsibility, decency or respect. If Olly was to meet this councillor in the street and call her a cunt to her face I don’t know if people would jump to his defence. He would (hopefully) be perceived as disrespectful, aggressive and threatening, but with the veiled protection of the web’s anonymity people are prepared to champion his cause.
    Say what you want online, but be prepared to take account for what you say, be prepared to repeat it out loud and to people’s faces or have some good old fashion manners and keep it to yourself.
    The law is just starting to be aware of the complications of social media and libel laws will need a huge review very soon, but aggressive, foul-mouthed attacks should be met with societies disapproval and not the wrath of the judicial system.
    Olly Cromwell, I’m not impressed by you, I don’t agree with your vitriolic attacks and your cowardly way of expressing them but I respect your right to free speech.

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  38. The MOST important aspect is societies right to free speach! Regardless of weather its in good taste or not. That is what I defend. Taking that away leads to sensorship and oppresion! So deal with it and fight for your freedom or end up a stupid CUNT with no rights.

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  39. This is a truly appalling case on a number of different levels – it is asymmetrical bullying – on the one hand you have the Judiciary; the Police; Councillors and Officers – on the other hand you have a cross blogger with a wide use of the Anglo Saxon vernacular.

    It is not clear, certainly on any of the websites that I have managed to identify, what the councillors are supposed to have done to have attracted Sir Olly’s ire.

    However, the essential issue isn’t the use of the C word, but it is the fact that the Council is prepared to send some one to prison who is rude, and possibly defamatory about them.

    Councillors are getting far too precious if they resort to calling in the Police every time some one is rude about them…

    The best sites I have found that have some of the details are:

    http://www.youve-been-cromwelled.org/

    http://bexley-is-bonkers.co.uk/

    The councillor who appears to be at the heart of the case is called Melvin Seymour, and his contact details are:
    http://democracy.bexley.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=168

    The Council’s chief executive, who is responsible for approving the course of action being taken doesn’t appear to have a publicly available email address, but his page is here..

    http://www.bexley.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=6814

    I hope that this case is widely publicised asap and that the national media investigate it. There are two aspects to it – firstly what has Sir Olly said about the councillors? If the allegations are bonkers why not just laugh them off rather than trying to cart Olly off?

    And secondly the completely irrational behaviour of the council in dealing with Sir Olly’s allegations/complaints.

    I would strongly suggest that this case isn’t promoted as being about the use of rude words on Twitter because it demeans the seriousness of the case. Council’s should not be allowed to imprison their critics and the old adage could be true.

    If the Council has nothing to hide, or to fear, exposure about, why is it behaving in such an extreme manner?

    For many years Robert Maxwell sued anybody who so much as mentioned him in any less than complimentary manner.

    If the Council really are dealing with just a foul mouthed pest then they are guilty of taking themselves far too seriously and wasting huge amounts of the public purse to boot.

    If they are cracking down on Sir Olly because his allegations are defamatory, why doesn’t the Councillor concerned take civil action?

    This case deserves the widest possible publicity to shame Bexley Council into stop behaving in such a high handed manner. I would strongly encourage MF and Sir Olly to contact papers such as the Independent and the Guardian asap.

    In the good old days, a round table discussion with the chief executive, the leader of the council, the complainant and a tea lady would have sorted this out. It is absolutely shameful that a Council, and Councillors, are prepared to use the sledgehammer of the law to crack a small, and rather colourful nut.

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    • Sums it up well, Michael.

      If I may be permitted the observation, the nub of the problem may lie with many peoples’ unconscious acceptance of the term “chief executive” to describe the post at the head of this and many other councils.

      These buggers are so full of their own importance that the old honorific “town clerk” is far too lowly, and would never be able to justify the obscene salaries they have managed to screw out of a gullible set of councillors.

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      • This is part of the problem which breeds self-importance and we-know-best-itus. Cliques form and group think takes a hold. It’s also very expensive to the taxpayer.

        The fact that people are questioning them is an outrage. You here it all the time… ‘it’s the internet, people are hiding behind their anonymity so must be ignored. It’s only us who speak the truth.’

        The country is in terrible trouble because the State has been allowed to grow so, breeding pompous little shites like we see and hear about.

        Of course, the state is not the economy. A Town Clerk is not a CEO.

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  40. I think there is a call for integrity from people, even on social network sites. I cant say if I agree with the sentencing but I can understand his complaint. Some forms of aggressive verbal communication does not suit everyone. I know I am not one who likes this kind of thing even if it is not directed. I hear this a lot in my workspace and it is unnecessary and inexcusable.

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    • This propaganda has got to stop.This idiot who was convicted was not found guilty because he called a councillor a cunt.It was because he posted a photo of the councillors house and invited people to post shit.This was deemed to be menacing and the fact that he also called him a cunt has been hijacked by those who would cause trouble.These are the facts

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  41. Oh my lord what is the world coming to? I hate the word, but saying it is NOT a crime. The counsellor himself needs a kick up the arse for getting this het up about it – he must have real issues! Good luck fighting it, BexleyOne.

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  42. Wow, what price freedom of speech? I’d better watch my back – I’m constantly referring to Lewisham Mayor Steve Bullock as Mayor Bollocks. My excuse is that it’s a family name and that gives me the right both to take the piss, and to distance my native Lewisham Deptford family from any association with this Yorkshire…er, I don’t use the word much, but here goes…cunt.

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  43. unbecuntinlievable….

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  44. Let me get this straight: Olly was banned from council meetings but attended one after the ban and was forcibly ejected. He has in the past been tried but not convicted of harassing council members. They had complained that Olly was harassing them in person AND online, and part of this harassment was posting their home addresses on his blog.

    After all this he tweeted a picture of a council member’s home with the caption “Which cunt lives in a house like this?” Then he later tweeted a promise to post the address of the council member, though it appears he had already blogged the address, just not tweeted it. His ISP had told him he was violating their terms of service by doing all this.

    That said, the evidence as I’ve seen it elsewhere is VERY specious. Most specifically, the incitement to do damage was a comment he says he did not write. The case is extremely problematic.

    But he wasn’t prosecuted just for saying “cunt” on Twitter. That is terribly reductionist and misleading. It’s NOT illegal to say “cunt” on Twitter.Hundreds of people are all worked up about this because all they read was your inaccurate blog title… and you’re apparently okay with that.

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    • Now then, now then ………. cunom think about what we write.

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    • I was at the court and the facts of this case are being manipulated to put it mildly.It is not illegal to call someone a cunt online but it is illegal to call them a cunt,post a picture of their house online and then ask people to post actual shit.The councilor in question had done nothing to this idiot except happen to live opposite him and so became the target of this pricks vile rants.

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  45. Good to see @stevenfry tweeting on the story. Giving it some ‘gravitas’ and critical mass.

    “Have you seen this? Calling Someone The C Word On Twitter Now Officially A Crime http://fry.am/HIhsO3” – What cunt decided this?”

    And getting into the spirit of this nonsense.

    The most commented thread I’ve seen on Max Farquar.

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  46. Good Grief, we are living in a nightmare! It’s thought crime central and you can’t write anything the NWO doesn’t like anymore, or even swear, without getting sent to prision. This is why I blog about cute kittens mostly.

    Thanks for letting us know about this, Max. I hope Ollie will be OK. And that guy who calls his blog “Is a C*nt” had best come up w/ a new title for it!

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  47. Twat ?

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  48. I am a blogger on the Angry of Havering website and have started a post on this subject. please see http://welcome-to-the-angry-forum-part-of-www-angryofhavering-com.964883.n3.nabble.com/Blogger-Facing-Custodial-Sentence-For-Using-The-C-Word-On-Twitter-tp3911521p3911521.html.

    Personally, it is not a word that I would use or post but I cannot believe that a custodial sentence is in order. This is just the start of what appears to be an attack on all bloggers, Unfortunately, the truth seems to hurt people in authority. What other words are they going to find offensive next ?

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  49. My mate was being questioned in court ,by Mr Tory Blair,s wife,my mate looked at her and blearted out “You are,t half an ugly cunt” The Judge said “You cannot say that” My mate looked at the Judge ,and replied “But you told me to tell the truth and nothing but the truth my Lord”

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