VENTING YOUR FRUSTRATIONS ON FACEBOOK LEADS TO A POLICE HUNT – Debra Burt, 45, was pretty frustrated with the continuous government cuts and decided she would vent her frustrations on Facebook.
She wrote, what would appear to be just an innocent rant regarding David Cameron; “I’d like to egg him.” Egging is a term used, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, of throwing rotten eggs at politicians. It’s nothing knew and has made a number of headlines over the years including:
John Prescott – 2001 was egged in Rhly, North Wales, where Prescott retaliated by punching the demonstrator squarely in the jaw.
David Cameron – Hoodie teen targeted Cameron in a walk-about during his election campaign.
Ed Miliband – Egged in Southampton as he celebrated a local election victory. While I am sure he wasn’t overly amused by the egging he did have the humour to take to twitter saying the election result was cracking!
The list of politicians who have been egged or covered in other substances is long and distinguished and no doubt these types of incidences will again hit the press headlines from time to time.
The golden rule now, for any would be egger, is to ensure that you don’t advertise your intention, as Debra Burt found out. After here little rant on Facebook, which she admitted was just a rant and had no intention of egging the Prime Minister, she was subjected to a four week intense Police hunt.
Yes, incredible as it might seem, the Police picked up the Facebook remark and set about hunting Debora down in order to interview her and question her plans.
As someone who writes a lot about MP’s and there are many times my views are less than complimentary, I now wonder if any of what I’ve said is under investigation by the police. This leads me to the worrying aspect that if certain members of the government get their way, and gag the press as they wish to do, how tenable, or even safe will my position be as someone who uses the right of freedom of expression and free speech as a way to protect myself from a growing totalitarian government?
So, if you tweet or facebook that you want to egg David Cameron watch to see if your front door is kicked in at 4am by the Anti-Terrorist Unit – how bloody ridiculous has this become?
I have to admit I’m tempted now to go on an all our Egging Campaign. Maybe I could generate a following and have organised Egging competitions? Yes, I’m sure this little sentence will have the Metropolitan Police buttocks squeezing tighter than a snared drum and I’ll wait for the sound of heavy boots on the front door in the wee hours.
I have to say this type of incident worries me, no not Cameron being egged, but the fact that the police have spend four weeks investigating this – considering the UK is up to its eyeballs in serious violent crime you really would think the Met would have other priorities.
Make no mistake, your actions and words are being monitored by an ever increasing ‘Police State’ and what you thought was private conversation between you your friends on your social networks is clearly not the case. Venting your frustrations can now result in serious investigation, especially if it involves egg a bottom feeder.
One thing is for sure and that this madness and paranoia is increasing and police, as they clearly proved in this case, will go to any lengths in tracking down suspected eggers, or anyone who voices their opinions of government ministers.
Your ability to openly express your self is being suppressed quietly, steadily and unrelentingly. So much for living in an open ‘democratic’ society that boasts freedom of speech.