I like to keep an eye on the goings on in the UK.
There seems to be a trend that where they go, we occasionally like to follow, so it’s nice to know what is potentially coming down the line, as it were.
A little snippet of news filtered through the other day. I can’t remember how I found it, so I can’t do any hat tipping, but thanks, whoever you are.
Starting from today, police in Barnsley have the power to fine people on the spot for swearing.
I had to read that a couple of times to make sure it wasn’t a joke, but it isn’t. Apparently if you swear, you automatically become a criminal. One ‘fuck’ and you immediately become a racist scum with pockets full of flick-knives and graffiti spray cans. One ‘bollix’ and you become a hoodie, terrorising old dears.
This is potentially one that could cross the Irish Sea, as the Gardai here would make a fucking fortune. At the census before last, there were two remaining people who had never uttered a profanity in their lives and they were in their eighties, so they are probably dead by now.
What interests me about this new scheme though is that “members of the public have also been asked to report offensive and intimidating language, including swearing.” It’s bad enough that they have ‘hot-lines’ for people to report smoking or driving, but this one opens a brand new can of worms. If I want someone fined, all I have to do is walk up to them and tell them that I am reporting them for swearing. I can guarantee that they will tell me to fuck off. Gotcha!
I’ll tell you one thing though. If they ever try to bring the likes of that into force here, they can think again.