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Monday, 13 August 2007

Those Darn T shirts again.

While most self respecting liberty buffs have their attention firmly focused on the climate camp at Heathrow, I spotted a utterly ridiculous story about a man being threatened with a fine for a slogan on a t-shirt. Dave Pratt was warned that he would get an £80 fine from Peterborough Council if he continued to wear the offending garment. The T Shirt read:

"Don't piss me off. I'm running out of places to hide the bodies!"

But the powers that be at Peterborough have decreed that this might put someones nose out of joint, so Mr Pratt has been told in no uncertain terms that if he persists at wearing comedy tops he will feel the long arm of the law.

9 comments:

DJR said...

On the face of it this appears to be a petty response to a petty problem.

However, it is a typical example of liberal values being completely misunderstood.

David Pratt should and does have the right to choose what he wears. Of that there is no question as he clearly made his choice and wore what he wanted to.

What he doesn't have is the right to break the boundaries of decency and of the law.

If he makes a stupid decision and chooses to wear something which does break those boundaries; he shouldn't be suprised if he is brought to book.

The question of whether someone as stupid as this should have the right to choose what he wants to wear is another question!

alastairis said...

I think it's a funny t-shirt. What's indecent about that? Unless he runs into the families of someone who has been killed by a serial killer. But hey those kinds of awkward situations are part of the rich tapestry of life.
One of the best t-shirts I've ever seen had in large letters on the chest the uncensored sentiment "I am a C*NT". Classic AND self deprecating. T-shirts for freedom!

Democracy Now article on the; "We Shall Not be Silent" T-shirt

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