Brickbat: And You're Ugly, Too

paukrus / photo on flickrpaukrus / photo on flickrBritish police investigated Tim Loughton, a Conservative member of parliament, for six months after he described a constituent as "unkempt." Kieran Francis had written Loughton about some problems he was having with his local council. Loughton wrote him back, siding with the council. Francis said the term "unkempt" was obviously a racist insult, since he claims to be of Romany descent. Police ultimately decided not to file charges of malicious communication against Loughton.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    What a gyp.

  • Counterfly||

    I demand his head on a pikey.

  • Radioactive||

    can you be kempt?

  • RBS||

    Yes, it means tidy.

  • Counterfly||

    Didn't he used to play for the Sonics and smoke a lot of ganja.

  • RBS||

    You mean the Superchronics?

  • LTC(ret) John||

    When he wasn't out fathering children with half of the women in the Seattle metro area, yes.

  • ||

    Chastity: I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?

    Bianca: I think you can in Europe.

  • ||

    It is something in the water over there, right?

  • ||

    malicious communication.....heh. What a time they would have with the commentariat here.

  • Counterfly||

    They would, but they're too lazy, swarthy and uppity to do anything more.

  • ||

    And they fuck sheep.

  • RBS||

    Reports heller to the British authorities

  • AlmightyJB||

    They don't want to take that one to court.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Convicted sheep fuckers must register as sex offenders in my state. Because they pose such a danger to the public. Or something.

  • Zeb||

    Even if it's their own sheep?

  • Cdr Lytton||


    Pimps too.

  • Way Of The Crane||


  • RBS||

    He's probably just pissed he doesn't have some ridiculous show on TLC.

  • ||

    +5 Gypsy Sisters

  • AlmightyJB||

    Lest one think the police aee rationally dismissing bullshit accusations, I'm quite sure charges would have been filex if the accuser was the right kind of ethnicity.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Are. Filed. Need smaller thumbs.

  • Rich||

    Sussex Police said in a statement: “An allegation of malicious communication was reported to Sussex Police, and was fully investigated in the same way it would be for any member of the public.”

    Emphasis added. We now know how to keep the Sussex Police out of our hair.

  • Lyle||

    I'm glad my ancestors got the hell off that island.


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