Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Welcome to Oceania

From the BBC:
A soldier from Kinross has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of transgender prejudice.
Note that lede: "convicted of transgender prejudice". It's not a misprint. The man in question was convicted of "breaching the peace by behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm."  However,
Sheriff Michael Fletcher described the incident as "a nasty offence" and fined Porter £350.  This was £150 more than a breach of the peace fine, to mark the transgender prejudice.
He was convicted of prejudice? Of having an opinion of which the Party court disapproved?  Or, to put it bluntly, thoughtcrime?

What has happened to Britain?  When did it become Airstrip One?

1 comment:

Ironmistress said...

The fine for breach of peace and insult was OK (we really do not want to return back to era where insults were resolved by duels, do we?) but why the prejudice extra?

I would have understood an extra aggravation if it had been an actual assault, but it was just drunken blabbering.

Equality in the eyes of the law means just that. I seriously doubt the transgendered really themselves want to distinguish themselves as a priviledged minority, but they'd rather like to blend in the general populace as efficiently as possible.