…from funky Chinatown,” so say the lyrics which got one musician nicked whilst he performed in a bar on the Isle of Wight.
News reports this week that 34-year-old Simon Ledger was performing the 1970s hit song when someone walking past the bar took offence & reported the matter to Hampshire Police. A 32-year old allegedly of Chinese origin was able to instigate the arrest of the singer byĂ‚Â sayingĂ‚Â that he found the performance of the song racist. The song sold 9 million copies for performer Carl Douglas, a Jamaican, and was produced by Anglo-Indian disco arranger Biddu.
Hampshire Police say they questioned Ledger over an allegation of racially aggravatedĂ‚Â harassment, alarm or distress, but eventually decided no further action should be taken as there wa sno evidence that any offence had been committed. What a pity they couldn’t have found this out at the time of the complaint rather than instigating a full criminal investigation into a matter which should have been filed under the ‘get-a-life’ heading.
The problem is that the Labour government decided that the sins of the fathers should be visited on the sons, so in order to make up for a previous history ofĂ‚Â racism, they should tip the balance completely the other way, which is how we ended up giving minority groups more protection than everyone else rather than treating everyone equally & equitably. Any job that comes into the control room is entitled to a higher priority if there is any mention of racism, sexism or homophobia, no matter what the actual level of seriousness or impact on the victim.
A police spokesman said:Ă‚Â ”Anyone who perceives they are the victim of a racially aggravated crime is entitled to make a report to the police.Ă‚Â We will treat such allegations seriously to provide reassurance for victims and to protect the integrity of appropriate lines of inquiry.”