Yasmin A-B won’t be pressing charges over Tweet


by Sunny
15th November, 2010 at 6:12 pm    

Writing in her Independent column today, the columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says:

Some crazed demons on Twitter believe anything goes. Written words matter and hold meanings beyond that narcissistic urge to send off instant thoughts. The Tory councillor who sent out a vile and scary message about me says it was a joke.

After some thought I decided I will not press charges. My objections have been made and there is no need for more.

I’m pleased by this, and said earlier that it was a bad idea. Whether the CPS decides to take this further is up to them. But at least Yasmin has washed her hands off the affair.

As I said earlier – she didn’t report it to the police either, though they had to take it seriously. Yasmin gets a lot of death threats, and while I sympathise with the desire to punish people who make idle threats, it wasn’t a good idea in this case because of the huge free speech implications.


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  1. Shamit — on 15th November, 2010 at 6:34 pm  

    She also said:

    “Yet having read many blogs and tweets that followed the incident, I do wonder whether our manners and morals will survive and if English itself, the best thing about us, is now seriously endangered.”

    So it is okay for her to criticise everyone who disagrees with her – yet when someone criticises her for her comments – its threatening English and our morals and manners.

    For fuck’s sake.

  2. Sunny — on 15th November, 2010 at 8:04 pm  

    yet when someone criticises her for her comments

    That wasn’t a criticism though was it?

  3. MaidMarian — on 15th November, 2010 at 8:08 pm  

    One can only wonder what Ms A-B thinks about the internet experiences of Roshanara Chaudry.

  4. Shamit — on 15th November, 2010 at 8:15 pm  

    good point Sunny.

    It was not a criticism – it was typical self adulation and moral superiority complex exemplified.

    So when she insinuates that British soldiers seek to go out and kill civilians or when she insinuates that Muslims in this county are afraid to talk because someone could just come and take them away – yeah she is defending the morals and values of our society. Yeah right…..

    But my argument is not with your post – but I simply find Ms. Alibhai Brown rather tedious.

  5. Niaz — on 15th November, 2010 at 9:28 pm  

    Shamit
    “So when she insinuates that British soldiers seek to go out and kill civilians or when she insinuates that Muslims in this county are afraid to talk because someone could just come and take them away – yeah she is defending the morals and values of our society. Yeah right…..”

    Absolutely because what distinguishes a free society such as ours from an unfree one is the right to hold dissenting and controversial views without fearing for ones safety. Those are our values .If you don’t like it you are welcome to fvck off to some dictatorship.

  6. Shamit — on 15th November, 2010 at 9:33 pm  

    “Yet having read many blogs and tweets that followed the incident, I do wonder whether our manners and morals will survive and if English itself, the best thing about us, is now seriously endangered.”

    My argument was against that Niaz.

    While I despise Ms. Alibhai Brown’s arguments and commentary – I do defend her right to free speech and on the other thread, I said it was right that the Councillor be booked for his actions because it was unbecoming of someone holding public office.

    And where did I say I was against free speech of Ms. Alibhai Brown.

    Once again another vocal diarrhoea with constipation ion the brain.

    Go on son – you are doing well.

  7. Larry — on 16th November, 2010 at 1:39 am  

    Niaz,

    So why isn’t the Tory councillor’s view treated with the same respect?

    If he can get arrested and sacked for saying what I and many others would say about her, what does that say about our society? It says that our speech is controlled. You’ve either got free speech or you don’t. Obviously we don’t.

    But we don’t live in a democracy now.

  8. Sunny — on 16th November, 2010 at 3:45 am  

    So why isn’t the Tory councillor’s view treated with the same respect?

    Because it looked like he was advocating violence?

    And the police have to take these things seriously, even if later on they accept it was not a credible threat.

    There are far too many instances of women complaining they’re being threatened, being ignored by the police, and later found seriously hurt or worse.

  9. Bishop Hill — on 16th November, 2010 at 8:05 am  

    At what point does one cross the line between making a silly comment and making a threat?

    Clear and present danger is not a bad place to start. On that reading, YAB is wasting police time.

  10. MaidMarian — on 16th November, 2010 at 8:59 am  

    Larry –

    ‘If he can get arrested and sacked for saying what I and many others would say about her, what does that say about our society?’

    It says that we are far too quick to run our mouths and say some pretty horrible things to each other on the internet. And to be clear I do not exempt myself from that.

  11. Cauldron — on 16th November, 2010 at 11:35 am  

    Y A-B just wanted an extra shot of publicity. She must have been quite concerned recently about Aditya Chakrabortty or one of the other Guardian hacks bidding for her job as Britain’s racebaiter-in-chief.

  12. KB Player — on 16th November, 2010 at 6:30 pm  

    Because it looked like he was advocating violence?

    And the police have to take these things seriously, even if later on they accept it was not a credible threat.

    There are far too many instances of women complaining they’re being threatened, being ignored by the police, and later found seriously hurt or worse.

    That is in a different context, surely. If I say in exasperation, “I want to smack George Galloway in the gob and push Earwicga’s face down in a bowl of porridge” I don’t expect to be taken seriously. The threats that women complain about are from ex husbands or boyfriends, not from Tory councillors throwing out a bit of random abuse at liberal columnists.

    I’m always inclined to cut YAB a bit of slack as I think she must get more crap thrown at her including threats of violence than most columnists for being (a)female (b) Asian (c) Muslim (d) liberal Muslim (so offensive to the devout. But she’s behaved like a dick this time, calling this “incitement”*. I notice that the comments to her columns in the Independent have been switched off, and would guess that a lot of readers have thought the same.

    *Especially as she is someone who complains about the misuse of English.

  13. Shatterface — on 16th November, 2010 at 6:37 pm  

    Can the CPS be charged with wasting police time?

  14. Sunny — on 16th November, 2010 at 7:00 pm  

    Cauldron – don’t let that froth out of your mouth stain the blog. It’s most unsightly.

  15. TORY — on 16th November, 2010 at 8:10 pm  

    Maybe she decided it would look silly to charge the guy. After all, she did say that Western world shouldn’t criticise stoning! Maybe she just stuck to her guns.

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