UK Blogger Arrested for "Breach of Peace" after Smearing Political Opponents

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

In its tireless efforts to criminalize each and everybody, UK authorities have set another milestone on their way to a totalitarian Big Brother state. According to an article by Timesonline (hat tip goes to Duncan Robertson),
A former aide to a Scottish Government minister who left his post after a dispute over an internet blog has been charged with breach of the peace.

Mark MacLachlan, 47, was employed as a constituency office manager by Mike Russell, the Education Secretary, but he resigned after it emerged that he had used a blog to smear political rivals.

Lothian and Borders Police yesterday confirmed that a 47-year-old man had been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged breach of the peace. It is understood that police took action in response to e-mails allegedly from the blogger to his former boss. A report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

Mr MacLachlan had run the Universality of Cheese blog under the pseudonym Montague Burton. It contained allegations about the personal lives of politicians and other public figures. The blog was taken off-line late last November after Mr MacLachlan was revealed to be its author.
Duncan added this additional information:
This is the first time i have seen this.
Typically breach of the peace, is making a noise in the public arena that others are disturbed by often, drunks shouting and so on. But this variation is new, apparently its shouting out and or being abusive in cyberspace.
This incident reaffirms my stance that the UK is several horse lengths ahead in the race to realize George Orwell's "1984." "Breach of peace" is such a wide-ranging offence open to all interpretations so that it can potentially capture any kind of human behaviour, marking it "out of the norm."
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