You may have heard about the Birmingham city Conservative councillor who allegedly tweeted:
Can someone please stone Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to death? I shan’t tell Amnesty if you don’t. It would be a blessing, really.
It was in response to some discussion Y A-B was on. Doesn’t really matter what the content of the discussion was – it was a despicable thing to say. But now he’s been arrested.
Yasmin told the Guardian:
If I as a Muslim woman had tweeted that it would be a blessing if Gareth Compton was stoned to death I’d be arrested immediately,
Given what happened to Paul Chambers, that is entirely possible. But I still disagree with Yasmin on this. His comment was despicable but not meant as incitement to violence in my view. It’s absurd to prosecute him over it.
To clarify one thing: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown did not complain to the police herself. Someone else did. And the police were already aware of other people making death-threats against her, so they had to take it seriously and investigate. Not doing so would have been irresponsible. Anyway – I hope she does not press charges.
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