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Body outlines from murder crime scenes appear outside JobCentres in Birmingham

DWP Suggests This Might be a Protest!

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Body outlines indicating murder crime scenes are being sprayed outside Birmingham Jobcentres along with the slogan ‘fit for work’. (Metro)

Police have been alerted after mysterious crime scene-style body outlines were daubed on Jobcentres across Birmingham reports Birmingham Live.

Sites in Kings Heath, Sparkhill, Selly Oak, Ladywood and Longbridge were all targeted.

Pictures from the scene showed a chalk body outline painted on the ground at the entrance of the centre, with a bloody trail to a foot detached from the body.

The windows of the centre were also targeted, but were quickly covered with paper to shield it from onlookers.

Scotland Yard’s Top Copper is already working on the case.

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Helped by MI5 The DWP quickly got to the possible cause of the incidents.

“The Department for Work and Pensions, which manages job centres, hinted that the graffiti might have been done for the purpose of protest.”

A spokesman said: “Everyone has a right to protest peacefully, however vandalism is completely unacceptable. We’re in contact with the police.”

In April, police appealed for help to help to catch vandals who were spray-painting cars in Sutton Coldfield town centre.

A spokesperson for Sutton Coldfield’s Trinity neighbourhood team said: “We have noticed an increasing amount of graffiti, appearing across Sutton Coldfield town centre and within surrounding areas.

“We are appealing for information if anyone knows who is responsible for the personalised graffiti – as per the photograph.

“If anyone has any further information that could be of assistance within this matter; please contact PCSO Deputy Dawg  by calling 109999999 and stating extension number: 792843  (Calls charged at 50 pence a minute).”

 

Meanwhile, in today’s Guardian.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation says cuts, debts and housing costs push poor over the edge.

More than 1.5 million people in the UK, including more than 350,000 children, experienced destitution last year, a study has found, meaning they regularly went without food, toiletries, adequate clothing or shelter.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation says a “tangled combination” of benefit cuts, delays and sanctions, together with harsh debt-recovery practices and high housing rental costs pushed people already in poverty over the edge into extreme deprivation.

Nearly two-thirds reported that they ate fewer than two meals a day for two or more days over the previous month, nearly half lacked clothing appropriate for the weather, more than 40% went without heating, and 15% slept rough.

The Independent today.

Nearly 4 million UK adults forced to use food banks, figures reveal

Exclusive: One in 14 Britons has used a food bank amid ‘shocking’ levels of deprivation

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Written by Andrew Coates

June 7, 2018 at 10:20 am

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  1. Reblogged this on BertieS.

    AnnoyedIrishMan

    June 7, 2018 at 10:32 am

  2. If somebody actually did crawl up to a Jobcentre door and expire from starvation on its doorstep because of benefit delays or sanctions, no doubt Esther McVey would try to blame the victim attributing the death to self-inflicted suicide.

    Jim

    June 7, 2018 at 10:33 am

    • And Esther would add: “If only the poor soul had managed to enter the Jobcentre, he/she would have received a warm welcome from its staff along with all the personalised support, help and advice he/she could possibly need.”

      Ro

      June 7, 2018 at 11:39 am

  3. The last Tweet from her dates from May the 31st.

    “Esther McVeyVerified account
    @EstherMcVey1
    Member of Parliament for Tatton. Problem solver, dog lover, glass always half full. Esther.mcvey.mp@parliament.uk

    Andrew Coates

    June 7, 2018 at 10:40 am

  4. If they keep on with the Universal Credit roll-out, it won’t just be outlines of dead people that will be on the ground.

    Jeff Smith

    June 7, 2018 at 10:47 am

  5. Punishment beatings by public demand – the truth about welfare reform

    The future dystopia

    http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2018/06/07/punishment-beatings-by-public-demand-the-truth-about-welfare

    whoknew

    June 7, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    • Besides saving money one of the main reasons Osborne attacked the poor and cut. capped and froze every working age benefit is because it was “popular” during the days when commercial channels were awash with poverty porn, like “Benefits Street”, and tabloids like the Daily Mail worked over time to paint all benefits claimants, even the sick and disabled, as scum worse than paedophiles. This media fuelled feeding frenzy seems to be dying down now. Hopefully, eventually, the unaffected public will wise up to how awful the poor and helpless are being treated these days, suffering and even dying for no good reason. Bashing the poor and disadvantaged hasn’t got the mileage in it that it did even a year or tow ago.

      Ro

      June 8, 2018 at 10:14 am

      • This media fuelled feeding frenzy seems to be dying down now.he unaffected public

        I duplicated this by mistake below and.apologies to Whoknew.Combined with Brexit everyone has felt the increases in food prices,energy prices and general living costs overall also the declining retail sector.Anyone entering one of these closing outlets can feel a sense of demise.

        Politics were a sickening sight and sound of George Ian Duncan Smith and Rachel Reeves both parties sinking as low as they possibly could on this subject.There was no real opposition at that time fed by claims of cashpoint holiday’s the disabled commiting crime and welfare claimants scapgoated for every wrong doing.

        Labour will be tougher than Tories on benefits, promises new welfare chief
        Rachel Reeves vows to cut welfare bill and force long-term jobless to take up work offers or lose state support

        https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/oct/12/labour-benefits-tories-labour-rachel-reeves-welfare

        ken

        June 8, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      • That statement from Labour was made in 2013!

        It is very much not present policy.

        Not that we have much detail on what present policy is, but these were in the last Manifesto,

        “Labour’s manifesto pledge on social security. … Scrap the punitive sanctions regime; Scrap the Bedroom Tax; Reinstate Housing Benefit for under-21s…”

        https://labour.org.uk/manifesto/social-security/

        Andrew Coates

        June 8, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      • “Scrap the punitive sanctions regime” – but that wasn’t quite what we thought it meant though… 😉

        Ice Kool

        June 8, 2018 at 10:18 pm

  6. The vandalism recently exhibited outside DWP premises in Birmingham, is being considered as a hate crime against the Secretary of State for Work and Pension, Esther McVey. Almost one million Universal Credit claimants are currently helping the police with their inquiries.

    Police Constable Pan Am

    June 7, 2018 at 2:07 pm

  7. I don’t know about a crime scene outside the Jobcentre but I suspect a few have inside have been a victim.

    Every day if it relates to their assessors/coaches/ministers for employment the headlines have made grim reading day after day weeek after week month after month year after year..A failure to deliver from top to the bottom except negative headlines that have hit the poorest the disabled and those least able.

    ken

    June 7, 2018 at 4:14 pm

  8. 1.5 million people are ‘destitute’ in the UK. Here’s what that actually means, and how you can help

    The figures are startling: an estimated 1.5 million people were destitute in the UK at some point in 2017, 365,000 of them children. This is the conclusion of a report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

    Social security should be an anchor holding people steady against powerful currents such as rising costs, insecure housing and jobs, and low pay, but people are instead becoming destitute with no clear way out.”

    https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/1-5-million-people-destitute-in-the-uk-is-destitution-on-the-rise-and-who-is-worst-affected/

    ken

    June 7, 2018 at 4:17 pm

  9. Benefit delays forcing freed Scottish prisoners to use food banks

    Released prisoners are “routinely” taken to food banks to help them cope with benefit delays, ministers have been told.

    Former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael said he had been informed by a senior Scottish Prison Service (SPS) manager of the assistance offered to those discharged.

    MPs heard such action is taken as it is known those released from jail will require food handouts due to delays in receiving Universal Credit.

    https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1492448/benefit-delays-forcing-freed-scottish-prisoners-to-use-food-banks/

    ken

    June 7, 2018 at 4:21 pm

  10. Foodbank facing crisis as monthly bill hits £8000

    Kirkcaldy Foodbank volunteers have warned the service is facing a cash crisis after the amount needed to feed those needing support more than doubled in recent months.

    In April, for the first time ever, the foodbank helped over 700 clients, with children accounting for more than a third of those currently in demand. Now treasurer Joanna Tait is predicting “severe problems by Christmas” unless income increases.

    https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/foodbank-facing-crisis-as-monthly-bill-hits-8000-1-4750871

    ken

    June 7, 2018 at 4:25 pm

  11. DWP confirms that some smaller jobcentres will merge with larger ones, and others will be co-located within local government premises.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published more details on the future of DWP jobcentres.

    https://www.wired-gov.net/wg/news.nsf/articles/Update+on+the+future+of+DWP+jobcentres+07062018092000?open

    ken

    June 7, 2018 at 4:31 pm

  12. The mainstream media is accused of ‘spinning’ the latest DWP travesty

    On Tuesday 5 June, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced the extension of its contracts with its health assessors, Capita and Independent Assessment Services (formerly Atos Healthcare). The announcement prompted widespread anger over its rewarding of existing contractors’ less-than-satisfactory track record.

    But tucked away in the same announcement was another worrying detail; one that campaigners accused the mainstream media of ‘spinning’.

    https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/06/07/the-mainstream-media-is-accused-of-spinning-the-latest-dwp-travesty/

    ken

    June 7, 2018 at 4:34 pm

  13. Punishment beatings by public demand – the truth about welfare reform

    The legacy of Britain’s welfare reform would make its architects permanently unemployable in any functioning political system.

    http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2018/06/07/punishment-beatings-by-public-demand-the-truth-about-welfare

    ken

    June 7, 2018 at 4:40 pm

  14. Hardship, poverty and hope – We spent an afternoon outside Bristol’s Jobcentre

    Trapped in a ‘vicious circle’ of unemployment, we hear the stories of those who are destitute and desperate for a job

    “I had to beg for the first time in my life because I had nothing and it crippled my soul,”

    https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/hardship-poverty-hope-spent-afternoon-1648349

    ken

    June 7, 2018 at 4:46 pm

  15. Benefit roll-out sparks rise in York council house rent arrears

    BENEFIT changes have seen council house rent arrears soar in York – and a surge in demand at the city’s foodbank.

    Council statistics show the impact benefit changes are having in York, with foodbank use among people being shifted onto Universal Credit (UC) growing by almost half and rent arrears up by 20 per cent.

    http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/16273283.Benefit_roll-out_sparks_rise_in_York_council_house_rent_arrears/

    ken

    June 7, 2018 at 9:39 pm

  16. Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.

    seachranaidhe1

    June 8, 2018 at 11:23 am

  17. Almost HALF of Universal Credit claimants struggle to pay bills according to DWP’s own survey

    The admission is buried in an 82-page research report that was quietly slipped online while MPs are away from Parliament

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/almost-half-universal-credit-claimants-12669269

    ken

    June 8, 2018 at 9:29 pm

  18. WORK AND HEALTH PROGRAMMER

    Off topic I know but has any one here been referred to the WHP yet? I was told I would be referred end of March, then it was April, then it was May and still I’ve heard nothing.

    jj joop

    June 9, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    • Hey JJ Joop, Hope you are still fighting the system, as I am, I have advanced from forums to actually confonting MP’s and Council office officials, to try any get a better envirovent to live in, for our respective local area’s.

      Trust me things are changing but not for the better – I estimate as a seasoned pain in the Ass to the relevant assholes who call themselves Local MP’s (Currently), My predidiction for our area would be —- You May or may not believe this, but, any MP reading this better take notice!

      BD2 – Worth Fifghting For! – LAST BASTION OF ENGLISH DRINKING PUB’S in Bradford, no messing Avoid Bradford, Piss Pot of West Yorkshire.

      BD3 – Holy Shit, Basically No Go – Stay Away, Only go there if you have an escort who knows the area and can pass you as a mate or – if ur in the know!!!!

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      June 9, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      • Obi

        I am still here fighting the power in my own inimitable way. Just ask the manager of my JC. He scowls at me every time I sees me. FIGHT THE POWER ALL OF YOU!

        jj joop

        June 10, 2018 at 8:29 am

      • And I really should start wearing my specs, I am making typos allover the place.

        jj joop

        June 10, 2018 at 8:40 am

    • whp here is voluntary well for me it is as shot them down even trying to bring it up as you will need to enter in to a contract with the provider.

      the gdpr has screwed the dwp and the providers if they try it they will lose at a tribunal as it is contract law and personnel data they need to process and providers need the esf funding or you cant participate.

      providers now need explicit consent for you to participate that means a wet sig on there paper work.

      dwp rules state you can refuse to sign 3rd party paper work/contracts/enrollment forms ect.

      turn up sign nothing and not much they can do about it now 😉

      superted

      June 9, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      • superted

        Yes, I had a feeling this new legislation would have some bearing on referment. I expect coaches will try and trick claimants into agreeing to participate via the Claimant Commitment. They won’t tell you it’s mandatory. They’ll just try and trick you with their usual smoke and mirrors bollocks and say that it’s a work related requirement, i.e. if you don’t participate it “could” effect your benefit, etc.

        jj joop

        June 10, 2018 at 8:36 am

  19. I Sincerly feel sick and I mean sick to the stomach for any unemployed person on JSA or ESA or Standard Income Support claimant switching to Universal Credit in Bradford West Yorks. In Bradford it went live as the DWP calls it on June 1st 2018. – BASTARDS!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 9, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    • It goes live in Cambridgeshire in September. Although I’ve been advised I won’t be going on it straightaway. i will be migrated sometime over the next two years, starting September.

      jj joop

      June 10, 2018 at 8:38 am

      • They are not starting managed migration until July 2019 at the earliest so safe for another year at least if you are on a legacy benefit. there is scant detail at the moment regarding this managed migration and how it is implemented.

        ESS2022

        June 10, 2018 at 9:50 am

      • This is good. I am on legacy benefit JSA.

        jj joop

        June 10, 2018 at 9:55 am

  20. What about those of all still on legacy benefits such as National Assistance? Will be be migrated over to JSA? Supplementary Benefit?..

    Labour Exchange

    June 10, 2018 at 11:24 am

  21. Off topic I know but has any one here been referred to the WHP yet? I was told I would be referred end of March, then it was April, then it was May and still I’ve heard nothing.

    I wouldn’t read to much into this it could be that this programme is not up and running but more likely that it won’t happen anytime soon.They (Jobcentreplus) told me that I would be doing Mandatory Work Activity but never did.Bluster isn’t something their short of.

    ken

    June 10, 2018 at 3:05 pm

  22. I was sent to whp, I didn’t sign their consent forms. Went back to jc and wc has gone crazy, told me her tax pays my jsa, threats of santions for with holding signature.
    For 3 weeks wc and manager trying to pressure me to sign consent forms. They won’t send me back until I tell them I will sign whp forms. They can’t do nothing about it either as they sent me as voluntary.

    Catwoman

    June 11, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    • if they was going to sanction you then they would of already done it problem is they cant because if they try it they wont have a chance at tribunal.

      dwp rules and regs state that you can participate and you dont have to sign anything the provider gives to you.

      problem is you cant participate unless the provider gets there contract signed to gain esf funding.

      any sanction raised for not signing 3rd party contracts would be unlawful and be in breach of the dwp own rules and regs.

      my coach tried it and end result was they got the sack for there effort so next time you see your agent id recommend they read there own rules and regs b4 they just make it up as they go along as you can and will take it up with the courts and tribunal service.

      superted

      June 11, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      • I think this new GDPR has put the boot in to the WHP, at least for the time being anyway.

        jj joop

        June 12, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      • with any luck and lack of funding they will all go bust in the not so distant future as there business model is no longer viable.

        and as they can only make money from the unemployed and explicit consent now must be given to participate not many ppl are going to fall for it again and sign up for 2 years of sanctions and work placements.

        oh dear pmsl 😉

        superted

        June 12, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      • The ‘providers’ are getting desperate pmsl

        Miranda

        June 12, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      • The joke centres are also getting desperate trying to press-gang the unwary onto these schemes pmsl

        Miranda

        June 12, 2018 at 8:25 pm

  23. Jobcentres up in Scotchland are now required to give claimants a ‘Miranda warning’:

    “I have to tell you that the programme is voluntary, but if you agree to take part it then becomes mandatory which may affect your benefits.”

    Employment schemes up in Jockland are ‘voluntary’ just so long as you don’t agree to take part.

    Miranda

    June 12, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    • This include the whp bollocks or whatever the Scotch version is called.

      Miranda

      June 12, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    • Seems the Scotch schemes are ‘voluntary’ just so long as you don’t ‘agree’ to them hence the DWP diktat to roaches to issue a ‘Miranda warning’.

      “”The launch of Fair Start Scotland is a landmark moment in our journey to deliver a person-centred employment service.

      “Our new powers have created a service that is more flexible and responsive to a changing labour market; one that will tackle inequalities and grow Scotland’s economy by helping more people into work. It is also fairer – the fact the service is voluntary means people are not driven to take part through fear of sanctions.”

      http://www.employabilityinscotland.com/news-events/latest-news/march-2018/fairer-and-integrated-employability/

      Scotch Bonnet

      June 13, 2018 at 10:31 am

  24. More from MrFrankZola

    Fair Start Scotland, employment scheme. “Participation will be entirely voluntary”

    and

    Fair Start Scotland – Successful contract bidders.

    Reminder: Scotland’s ‘Youth Obligation‘ no wage compulsory work or lose benefits workfare is not voluntary and workfare is integrated into Universal Credit. (Welfare Reform Act 2012, Section 16 (3)(e))

    https://mrfrankzola.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/fair-start-scotland-employment-scheme-participation-will-be-entirely-voluntary/

    Scotch Bonnet

    June 13, 2018 at 10:33 am

  25. SNP: world-beaters in authoritarianism

    The SNP claims to be concerned about Scottish people’s freedom. So why is it always legislating against it?

    Since its establishment over 10 years ago, the Scottish Parliament has certainly made use of its devolved powers. Indeed, there’s barely an area of private and public life north of the border in which members of the Scottish parliament (MSPs) have not had a significant impact. Impressive is not the word; repressive is more accurate. In fact, informed less by the electorate than by the clamour of campaign groups and myriad professional bodies, the Scottish government has shown itself to be a world-leader in some of the pettiest, mealy-mouthiest authoritarianism around.

    ….

    “That Alex Salmond used to be Maoist goes a long way towards explaining the situation.
    In fact, he is still a Maoist but aware that this is electoral suicide chose another line of deception instead.
    Remember, your enemy will always come at you in disguise – and realise too that this, itself, is part of the attack also.”

    http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/11970

    Jockina Strap

    June 13, 2018 at 11:16 am

  26. SNP: world-beaters in authoritarianism

    The SNP claims to be concerned about Scottish people’s freedom. So why is it always legislating against it?

    Since its establishment over 10 years ago, the Scottish Parliament has certainly made use of its devolved powers. Indeed, there’s barely an area of private and public life north of the border in which members of the Scottish parliament (MSPs) have not had a significant impact. Impressive is not the word; repressive is more accurate. In fact, informed less by the electorate than by the clamour of campaign groups and myriad professional bodies, the Scottish government has shown itself to be a world-leader in some of the pettiest, mealy-mouthiest authoritarianism around.

    ……

    “That Alex Salmond used to be Maoist goes a long way towards explaining the situation.
    In fact, he is still a Maoist but aware that this is electoral suicide chose another line of deception instead.
    Remember, your enemy will always come at you in disguise – and realise too that this, itself, is part of the attack also.”

    http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/11970

    Jockina Strap

    June 13, 2018 at 11:16 am

    • Fair trial in Scotland? – You must be joking!

      DWP-style ‘justice’ goes mainstream.

      Children and rape victims’ courtroom evidence shake-up

      Children and rape victims will no longer have to give evidence in a courtroom under plans unveiled by the Scottish government.

      A draft bill would allow vulnerable victims in the most serious cases to give pre-recorded evidence instead.

      It follows a call from Scotland’s most senior judge to introduce such a change.

      The bill also includes a power to extend the new rule to adult witnesses deemed to be vulnerable.

      This would include alleged victims of sexual offences, stalking, domestic abuse and human trafficking.

      The bill will also introduce “ground rules hearings” to discuss the scope of questioning that can be used by the defence – a move expected to be controversial with some advocates.

      Some senior defence advocates have warned that a fair trial involved being able to properly test a victim’s evidence.

      Frank Kafka

      June 13, 2018 at 11:35 am

      • What’s to stop them using the same ‘taped evidence’ over and over again. What a ‘convenient’ way of getting rid of ‘dissidents’. And we thought the old Soviet Union was bad.

        Diss Topia

        June 13, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      • And how will the “have a look around the courtroom will you. If you see the person who offended you would you please point them out to the court”? Where is the dock ID? This opens up a whole can of miscarriages of justice.

        Diss Topia

        June 13, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      • Sounds like a bloody ATOS assessment. Total stitch-up from beginning to end.

        ATOS Victim

        June 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    • Video: Anarchist David McHarg fights conviction over ‘F*** Off You Tory C***s’ window poster

      A SCOTS anarchist is planning a ‘freedom of speech’ appeal after being convicted for displaying a political poster in his window which said “F*** Off You Tory C***s”.

      David McHarg, a member of the Class War Scotland anarchist group was twice arrested during the 2017 UK parliamentary elections after police officers conducted a home visit at his house, claiming they received a complaint over abusive use of language.

      He was charged with abusive behaviour in connection with the A4 poster displayed three up in his Dennistoun tenement window.

      He has already raised hundreds of pounds in a fund-raiser to challenge his Glasgow Sheriff Court conviction through an appeal. He is also seeking help from Amnesty International and is prepared to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

      He said: “I stated that the judge set a dangerous precedent. Police Scotland who now armed with this can arrest you if you have a badge on that makes a political statement.

      Nazi dog Youtuber Mark Meechan raises £100k from public to launch High Court conviction appeal

      “This is Scotland 2018 where you cannot express, even offensively, your political expression.”

      He added: “Is it a crime to offend someone? My political expression is my political expression. They have no right to dicate that.

      “This is a direct challenge on freedom of speech as far as I am concerned. The words are used on a daily basis on social media, the television and in many art forms by comedians and in song.”

      Mr McHarg says that during his trial he invoked his Article 10 right to ‘freedom of expression’ under the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Class War said the defence was based on the premise that if activists are targeted for protesting or expressing their political views without having offended “then we have a case where the justice and the penal system actively constrains people’s freedom of speech”.

      The group said the same images of the ‘offending’ posters were used in their own newspaper and had been on their Facebook site for months now without any action taken or any complaint.

      It said people needed to support – activists like McHarg who put their liberty on the line because they believe in “direct action, free speech and in challenging the state”.

      McHarg was convicted on two charges under Section 38(1) of The Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2012 and sentence was deferred for good behaviour till December 4.

      Someone commits an offence under the Act section if they behave in a threatening or abusive manner and that it is behaviour that is likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm.

      In a video of the arrest over the display of a poster in a window, police officers told Mr McHarg: “Someone has phoned us about the language that is on the posters. Under Section 38 of The Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2012 you need to remove the signs because… I am asking you nicely to remove your signs..

      “Someone has taken offence to it and it is abusive behaviour. If you don’t remove the signs, you will be charged with a breach of the peace…due to the language.

      “I understand you are trying to get your point across. That’s abusive behaviour.

      “I have asked you to take the signs down and you’ve refused to do so.”

      The police officer told McHarg that he was being arrested for ‘obstruction’ by not providing her with his details.

      Class War Scotland said that it had taken “a bit of a kicking” as a result of the conviction.

      “Our member David McHarg was found guilty on two counts – minor offences, if expressing your political freedom in your own living room is even a criminal offence,” the group said.

      “Despite giving a stunning self-representation, and challenging the prosecution on many levels successfully – David lost the case. CWS (David) will appeal this ruling, as the case should have been ‘no case to answer’.

      “To be a criminal offence, the complainant has to have been placed in a state of fear or alarm – to which under oath in court the complainant (he waited a week to officially report David to the police, such was his disgust) stated he was ‘not put in a state of fear or alarm’.

      “In fact one of the officers attending the scene didn’t even see the poster as it was evening and dark!

      “We can’t say too much about the proceedings – other than it was the usual judicial pantomime – a one-sided affair, stage-managed by the state……… as we expected!

      “But we’re not down and out! CW Scotland will continue to fight this case and seek to overturn David’s conviction while getting justice for the wrongs (and there are many in judicial practice, police procedure, complaint – the list of wrongs against David is endless)!”

      http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16285808.Video__Scots_anarchist_s__freedom_of_speech__fight_over__F____Off_You_Tory_C___s__poster_conviction/

      Police State Scotchland

      June 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm


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