Scottish cops auto-Godwin Olympic sceptic


19 Responses to “Scottish cops auto-Godwin Olympic sceptic”

  1. noah django says:

    ( ̄▽ ̄)ノ_彡☆バンバン!!

  2. Pedantic Douchebag says:

    I love it when people use “nonplussed” correctly. Now if we could only get them to use “begs the question” correctly more often.

    • edkedz says:

      Or abandon it altogether. The real, proper “begs the question” is almost completely useless in any everyday casual conversation.

      • Pedantic Douchebag says:

        I…somewhat agree. I’m just afraid that if we start abandoning words simply because they pose a difficulty in common usage, it’s a slippery slope toward having a president named LOL McNutpunch.

  3. Drabula says:

    You know, I grew up watching the Olympics (am I allowed to write that without a license?) and partly associate them with a happy childhood, but the way the London games are being conducted is systematically erasing all that magic. I even have a shot at some free tickets that I will most likely decline at this point. What a crock of shit it’s all become.

  4. Ashen Victor says:

    “I assured them that I had no intention of hurting anybody.”

    Laughing tears  rolling down my cheeks.

    Thanks, this made my day. I love you old chap.

  5. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    “That’s a bad attitude you’ve got there, citizen. It’d be a pity if somebody were to get…hurt.”

  6. anrs says:

    ”The purpose was to glorify the power of the centralised state which was hosting the Olympics” – we’ve seen so many examples of heavy-handed policing to protect the Olympic pageantry from any whiff of protest. In this case I’d say the cops pretty much proved the man’s point.

  7. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    ”Tayside Police fully support lawful protest and Mr Coull was contacted to establish the form of protest he was intending. We have no concerns about Mr Coull’s protest.”

    *stares*  To step away from this story and look at it sideways…
    We went round and asked those nice terrorist blokes how they planned to protest, they said with some small signs, so we were no longer concerned about them.

    Tayside Police went round to see if they could scare someone who might show up on a camera somewhere expressing anything other than joy and rapture at the Olympics from showing up.

  8. ImmutableMichael says:

    Even Godwin’s Law needs to be enforced although I had always assumed it was a civil matter. Or uncivil. Either way, the rozzers shouldn’t be playing a part.

  9. BookGuy says:

    I was watching a rerun of “Top Gear” the other day, specifically the one in which Jeremy Clarkson discovers an American woman in the audience and welcomes her to “the free world.”  Yeah, not so much, Jezzer.

  10. cegev says:

    Coull had written an open letter saying that he’d protest an event which no doubt brings in a large number of very enthusiastic sports fans, and amongst those, likely at least a few hooligans. The police weren’t saying that he isn’t allowed to protest, or even that he shouldn’t protest, they just wanted to try to make sure that his protest won’t cause major problems, particularly for him. Knowing how he’s planning to protest, and perhaps where he’s planning to protest, they can ensure that they have their people located such that they’ll be better able to protect him if necessary.

    Overall, this seems as though it could be completely reasonable. Sometimes, I think, there are so many instances of police trying to intimidate potential protestors out of protesting that we assume that’s what’s happening even when police are trying to help the protestors. 

    • I’m not sure how much you know about the Olympics, but it’s not really about sport, and I’ve never in my life heard of an Olympics hooligan.

      It’s people doing gymnastics and riding horses being watched by a half empty crowd of suit wearing sponsors.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        I’ve never in my life heard of an Olympics hooligan.

        O rly?

      • cegev says:

        Frankly, I know almost nothing about fans of the Olympics. My knowledge of the Olympics is primarily focused around the completely ridiculous “special” Olympic trademark laws they usually insist upon having countries pass, because normal trademark laws clearly aren’t good enough for them. 

    • Ipo says:

      The Gestapo used to put socialists in “Schutzhaft”, protective custody, so no harm would befall them. 
      Hundreds of thousands of Germans were put in Schutzhaft. 
      Some survived. 

    • James says:

      I think the police justified their bullshit overreaction quite nicely on their own.

  11. taras says:

    I was at an Olympic Torch ‘handover’ today (where they pass the flame to the next runner).  We cheered a little and then a big man in a grey shirt ran up to us shouting “COME ON, CHEER!!”.  I guess we were letting down the sponsors with our mediocre cheering.

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