April 28th, 2011

“They were funky China men…

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…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 by saying 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 aggravated 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 of 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: ”Anyone who perceives they are the victim of a racially aggravated crime is entitled to make a report to the police. We will treat such allegations seriously to provide reassurance for victims and to protect the integrity of appropriate lines of inquiry.”

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  1. blueknight says:

    could have been ‘Turning Japanese’ by The Vapours. Or even ‘Chinese Laundry Blues’ by George Formby.

    April 29th, 2011 at 00:10

  2. TZ says:

    Which prat of a Custody Sgt authorised that detention?

    If one of my crew had dared to enter the suite with such an arrest, he’d have been cleaning cell toilets on his snap break for a whole week.

    It’s complete bollocks arrests like this that have runied the reputation of the Force – not Service – I was once proud to be part of.

    Roll on A19!

    April 29th, 2011 at 08:04

  3. shazbot says:

    I , as an old metal fan, will no longer be able to listen to various tracks without wearing earphones and locking myself under the stairs just in case i inadvertently upset someone passing my house.

    Deep Purple- Speed King (what about Queens and republicans?)
    Black Sabbath- Iron Man (person?)
    AC/DC- Highway to Hell (depends on your flavour of religion i’m told)
    Motorhead- Ace of Spades…

    April 29th, 2011 at 12:27

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    “A racist incident, is any incident that is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.” (Copyright MacPherson 1999).

    Otherwise translated as “snap!”.

    “What was that?”


    “That loud snapping noise just then…”

    “Oh, nothing to be concerned about. It was just the noise that common sense makes when it`s broken in two and thrown on a roaring fire. Some people confuse common sense, which is really just another form of racism if used by British people, with logic and deductive reasoning. Our definition of racism ensures we don`t have to rely on outmoded concepts like evidence and proof. The whole business of enforcing our will upon the people of this nation becomes much easier when you give them no opportunity to defend themselves against accusations of criminal behaviour. We can lock up who we want when we want without that time-consuming and expensive ‘trial by jury’ nonsense. We`re going to roll out the concept across the board so nobody will be able to suggest that we aren`t a government of ALL the people. All we need to do to get an extra vote is give everyone a guaranteed ‘go to jail free’ card that they can present to anyone who upsets them, or who they just don`t like, and we`ll lock ‘em up. Think of the savings when nothing needs to be investigated and we can scrap police officers completely.”


    April 29th, 2011 at 13:39

  5. Mad Mick says:

    “A racist incident, is any incident that is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.” (Copyright MacPherson 1999).

    I’ve a good mind to get along to any number of Drum and Bass or gangsta “concerts” and be outraged by the regular use of “ni@@er”. I bet they don’t get arrested though.

    April 29th, 2011 at 17:59

  6. Plodnomore says:

    Mentioned this two blogs ago. Still, know you’re a very busyt man while I am now retired and doing sod all so understandable. If, a la Nu Labour, the sins of the fathers are to be visited on the sons, why weren’t the two Chinese arrested for the Boxer Rebellion? From memory, they gave David Niven, Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner a real fright!

    April 29th, 2011 at 19:18

  7. shijuronotgeorgedixon says:

    Ahh Mick… its only racism if its against a black person…

    Lets face it: Snoop Dogg has made millions for the use of ‘da’ word ‘nigga’…

    May 1st, 2011 at 14:46

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