9th April 2012: Last week, Andrew Brons wrote the following letter to the editors of our national newspapers and to the editors of newspapers for his Yorkshire and the Humber Euro Constituency.
I have not yet been able to find the precise words used by Liam Stacey about Fabrice Muamba but I am prepared to accept that the District Judge was right to describe them as ‘vile and abhorrent’. Certainly jokes about the desirability of somebody’s death, regardless of race, deserve that description.
Liam Stacey certainly deserves to be criticised just as Labour Welsh Assembly candidate, Joe Lock, deserved to be criticised for saying that he hoped Margaret Thatcher would die soon and that he loved Tories as long as they were impaled on a large spike. However, there was no question of Joe Lock being prosecuted let alone imprisoned.
Much more serious were the words on Twitter in 2010 of Maxwell Ansah, the ‘singer’ Lethal Bizzle. He wrote: “Got an idea, u wanna be famous? Kill the BNP leader, u will be a hero”. That was a clear breach of section 45 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 which makes incitement to commit any offence (including murder!) a criminal offence. A complaint was made to the police at the time but there was no investigation let alone charges.
British National Party Member of the European Parliament
Yorkshire & the Humber