Monday, February 13, 2017
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU POST ONLINE - REFUGEE'S AND IMMIGRATION IS A TOUCHY SUBJECT
FROM JERSEY DALE TO JIHADI DALE IN THE SPACE OF A FACEBOOK COMMENT
WHERE DOES THE LINE GET DRAWN
A MAN EXPRESSED HIS FEELINGS RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY
HE ENDS UP IN THE JERSEY CASH COW MAGISTRATE COURT AND EARNS THE STATE A NICE LITTLE WEDGE..
WELCOME TO JERSEY
Last week in a man was fined £1,000 in the Jersey Magistrate Court for grossly offensive Facebook comments. Dale Minikin basically said something along the lines of - the one way to solve the refugee crisis was 'shoot them.Job done.'
Where does the line get drawn? Who decides when that line has been crossed? The Jersey Telecomunications 2015 Law was used to prosecute Mr Minikin. Where does the fine go? Not to the Syrian Refugees I bet. More like the State Coffers. Why wasn't Mr Minikin given a warning? Parish Hall enquiry?. Also, does Mr Minikin not have a Human Right to express his views no matter what? I might not agree or like what he says but surely he must be allowed to say it. What about his Advocate? Did he not advise him on any Human Rights issues or was it just get in there son and plead guilty. Lot simpler for everyone then home for tea... Mr Minikin might have been just wanting to express a view and didn't put it across very well. I know it was posted on the 'The Real Rock' Facebook page which sounds more like something to do with WWF than anything else but he still ended up charged and fined. Where does "Offensive" begin and end.
What about the vile comments that appeared online when the young lady so tragically drowned last year. Don't remember anyone ending up in the Cash Cow Magistrate Court over that or anything else for that matter.
Where does it begin and end?
Tensions are starting to run high in Jersey. We live on a very small Island. It's only 9x5. It's already at bursting point. Ageing population. Schools, Hospital the whole infrastructure is beginning to crumble. A totally out of touch Council of Ministers. How many of you would like to put that lot up against the wall. How many have actually said something similar to that online or worse online? Are we just a complaint away from a trip down the Old Jersey Cash Cow Magistrates Court Think about it. Everybody feels for the refugees. I do. But do I want a load turning up in Jersey "NO I DON'T." That is how I feel. I'm not a racist nor a homophobe nor does it mean that I don't care about people. I care about our Island. People must be allowed to express the opposite view to the open door policy.
Immigration is a very serious issue for a number of reasons not least because of the decades of failed policies by the Establishment.
I'm happy that our Overseas Aid committee does an excellent job offering help where it's needed. We do our bit. I believe 5 million went to the Syrian Refugee Crises.
People like Mark Baker and Mark Proudfoot have been expressing their views online. I actually agree with a lot of what they say and disagree on other aspects. That is my choice. If I don't like what they write then I don't have to read it. If I don't like what is written on a certain Facebook Group then I don't have to join it and read it. We all have our choices. You don't have to read my blog. That is your choice. I just call it how I see it. Jersey is at a crossroads. People are angry and wanting to express certain views. My view is that the Island is at breaking point and we can't have continued inward migration at this current rate. Close the door and have a good think about what happens next.
On the flip side life is fickle. If the French Nuclear Reactor at Flamanville had blown we would all have become refugees. Looking for boats. Paying high prices for a safe passage heading West across the Atlantic to Trump Land.. Life can change in a second. How much would we be willing to pay for safe passage? All refugees overnight. Maybe Mr Proudfoot would take some on his boat. If you ask nicely. Jersey abandoned. Radiation falling from the sky like assassins bullets looking for an easy target. Beaches deserted. Town like a barren wasteland (some say heading that way without radiation) People in St Ouen with 3 heads instead of 2. And still those muppets in Cyril Le Marquand house pump out their propaganda "Don't worry, everything is ok, we are open for business". BBC Jersey running on an endless loop of asking everyone to send in their radiation photos and Channel ITV resorting back to sticking their hand up puffins backside. Even after all that when you think there is no hope left you hear a distant rumble of an engine heading your way. Though one is near death you can't believe what you are seeing - it's only the Terry Le Main Campaign Bus hurtling down district Number 2 with the great man on loudhailer issuing the immortal words "Vote for Terry. Jersey Born -Jersey Bred. If you breathe in Radiation you end up dead" followed by the old Jersey saying "And if you don't like me there's a boat in the morning"..
If only Terry - if only
Life is fickle.
It can change in an instant.
Freedom of Speech must be protected
Part Time Investigative Jornalist