|Imagined and Not the Real Tesco Plan|
The first, is from June 16th last year, which kicked-off the complaint and is the original statement from Sir Roger Gale on the decision by the Secretary of State on the Margate Tesco application. It was the comments attached to this, which led to a police interview under caution in January and a subsequent standards complaint to Thanet District Council that I had made those same comments, as opposed to simply acting as the publisher of the weblog.
|The Real Plan - Tucked Away Right of Picture|
The third story is 'Question Time,' where I ponder if 'Liking' a comment on Facebook, really could become a criminal offense in the Orwellian dystopia which appears to have overtaken me. This led me to ask the Guardian's Jamie Doward, whether liking a Facebook comment made by Nick Griffin was worse than liking one made by Nigel Farage? It's a vexing question, as I'm sure you will agree and I'm no closer to finding out the truth.
The second principle surrounds social media and whether the law is capable of dealing with the many issues, such as cyber-bullying that surround it, both intelligently and proportionately. Is 'Liking' a Facebook comment, really grounds for a criminal complaint?
Finally, a new and worrying phenomenon, if, like me you happen to be working for your community as a local councillor. Going to law on civil matters, such as defamation, is expensive but the public appear to have discovered that going to criminal law costs nothing and has a direct and disproportionate impact on the target of the complaint. Having a personal agenda and simply believing oneself to be the victim of a serious crime can be enough to prompt an investigation, with little or no personal consequence, should that belief prove to be exactly that, a delusion with no evidence to support it.