Scottish cops auto-Godwin Olympic sceptic

Afraid of the Knock on the Door sez, "An old age pensioner, living in a residential care home, received a visit from the Scottish police plain clothes division following his letter to a local newspaper in connection with the Olympics due to be held in London this summer. He wrote about the connection of the torch relay with Germany in the 1930s. **Contains irony.**"

Mr Coull said: ''It was invented by Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, to please his boss Adolf. Hitler loved the idea of the relay, and the connection with pagan mythology in ancient Greece, emphasising the Aryan nature of the games.''

The pensioner, who completed a history degree at Dundee University in his late 50s, said in his letter that he would be ''there to protest this fascist display'' on the Angus leg of the relay.

A few days after the letter appeared, Mr Coull and wife Keri received the surprise CID visit...

''I asked if protest was now illegal. They said no, it isn't, but there will be lots of folk out to cheer the Olympic torch, and we wouldn't want you to get hurt by them, or vice versa. I think they were a bit nonplussed that both myself and Keri were laughing so much. I assured them that I had no intention of hurting anybody.''

'I started laughing, and kept on laughing' — Olympic torch protester gets a police visit



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

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

      1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. “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.

    1. “Shouldn’t you guys, then, be trying to find the people who would hurt us and talking to them?”

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

  5. ”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.

  6. ”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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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. 

    1. 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.

      1. 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. 

    2. 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. 

  10. 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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