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Police Service of Northern Ireland protect DUP from public ridicule.

Ellie with placard.
Anthony McIntyre expresses support for Ellie Evans who is being subject to PSNI bullying as it seeks to protect the DUP from public ridicule.
Thank hells for bestowing us with Ellie Evans and fuck heavens for inflicting Jim Wells upon us. Evans, a twenty four year old woman, is being investigated by the PSNI for the supposedly unprecedented and horrific hate crime of carrying a placard at a Belfast Pride parade which proclaimed "Fuck The DUP."

This is the Psni which seems to have given new meaning to the D Notice: it delayed, deferred, denied, derailed, disputed and ultimately disappointed the families of those who were victims of the homicidal joint enterprise perpetrated by RUC Special Branch and the UVF’s Gary Haggarty. 

Here it was dallying for almost eight years and ultimately succeeding in protecting its own from prosecution for murder. Yet not the slightest tardiness from its investigators as they hared off in hot pursuit of a young woman whose transgression was not to orchestrate the killing of Catholic civilians but to attend a march in support of equality. 

The provenance for the complaint is to be found in Jim Wells, the former Northern Health minister, booted out of his portfolio in 2015 over his antediluvian views on gay people. He claimed, perhaps honestly, that:
I was approached by people who were watching the parade who were deeply offended by the message contained on the placard.

So what? No one should have the right to opinions that are immune from offence. When they assume such rights those opposed to censorship should upend them. 

Wells goes on: "I believe someone's religious opinion and their political viewpoints have a right to be protected." 

Fuck their religious opinion and their political viewpoint. None of us should be as haughty to expect to have our political ideas or religious opinions protected from offence. Wells and his ilk want the freedom to offend gay or nationalist opinion but scream foul when the serve is returned. 

A while back Jim Wells had the Police visit him over views expressed on the hustings about gay people. It was a waste of police time although if the Haggarty case is anything to go by wasting both police and the public's time is something the PSNI is an avid practitioner of. The police visit to Wells was as wrong as it was to Evans.

Ellie Evans felt that the cops were "inappropriately heavy-handed to show up at my house and call me in for questioning ... I think it's a waste of time..."

Fuck the DUP message at a London Gay Pride event

Even more a waste of police time when it is considered that the Metropolitan Police declined to seek prosecution in respect of a Fuck the DUP message at a London Gay Pride event. 

Evans also accused the PSNI of bullying: "... they did it to intimidate me because there's no reason that it couldn't have been a letter if they had my address."

Wouldn’t be like the PSNI, would it, to engage in a bit of bullying and intimidation in pursuit of silencing opinion it does not want aired.  

The force has now sent a file to the DPP. If there is no agents involved Ellie Evans will not have to wait until she is in her thirties before finding out what awaits her. 

Ultimately, Wells wants the cops to act as language police and it is not only the Irish language his party opposes. Anti-DUP sentiment in the Queen's English must also be banned:

There's absolutely no place for that type of language to be aimed at Northern Ireland's largest political party.

The PSNI obviously agree.

The attitude of the anti-censorship community to all of this should leave the silencers in no doubt.

Fuck The DUP
Fuck Jim Wells
Fuck The Free Presbyterian Church ... just for good measure
Fuck the PSNI

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