Je Suis Billy Boy: free speech for football fans!

In Britain in 2015 you can be jailed for singing a song. Where’s the anger?

Imagine living in a nation so authoritarian you could be locked up simply for singing a song that the authorities disapproved of. Well, if you’re one of spiked’s many UK-based readers, you don’t have to imagine it – you already live there. Last week in Glasgow, a man was sentenced to four months in jail for the crime of singing a state-decreed ‘offensive song’. Yes, that thing us Brits love to be sniffy about when it’s done by the Saudis or Putin – the cruel or unusual punishment of people just for saying something or singing something – is now being done right here in the UK, in the twenty-first century.

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  • Jay Currie

    O’Neil is brilliant. Song crimes indeed.

  • eMan14

    Damn you BCF… I need to get my sleep!

  • mel

    From baa baa black sheep to jail.

    England is a fascist country just like Europe.

    Burn the books!! Stop voices and songs!

    • Blacksmith

      Import just a few more pisslamist and it will happen whether they want it or not.

  • edlancey

    edit

    • cmh

      Great idea, i wonder if they could just hum and wildly gesticulate through the offensive parts John Cleese style … lol