|Barbara Fielding, thought criminal|
A candidate in the Stoke byelection has been arrested on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred.
...Barbara Fielding, 78, who is standing as an independent, was arrested after a complaint about her website, which calls for all immigrants to be repatriated and warns of a “seeping tide of Islamic warriors”.
Police seized her mobile phone and computer and later released her on bail until next month. Fielding said: “I was arrested on suspicion of publishing racial hatred material on my website. Someone must have made a complaint to the police. They took me away and took my files, my paperwork, my mobile phone and my computer. I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong. I’m not worried about this.
“I’m giving information to anybody who wants to read it. I’m not saying people should go out and do something bad to immigrants. I set up my website 18 months ago. I wasn’t involved in politics before, but I just felt politicians had made a mess of things.”
Staffordshire police confirmed that a 78-year-old woman had been arrested under section 19 of the Public Order Act 1986, which makes it an offence to publish or distribute written material which may stir up racial hatred.Source
The criminalisation of free speech is peculiarly sinister when its victim is a candidate for political office. This really is the undisguised suppression of democracy. And the reason it is sinister is that some people will interpret it as foreclosing the possibility of peaceful change.
Here's what she wrote on her website. Note the praise of Trump.
After reading the last bit, I have the feeling that it may not have been her comments about Muslims that got her arrested.