Bollocks is a lovely word, flexible and not offensive at all to the majority of the British public, yet the Norfolk police think it causes "harassment, alarm and distress" if you use it as "Bollocks to Blair". It seems to me that's pretty clear that the Norfolk police don't understand the law, the harassment, alarm and distress law that is punishable by an 80 pound fixed penalty notice, is the Section 5 public order act of 1986. The person is guilty of this offence if:
- (b) displays any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting,
- (a) that he had no reason to believe that there was any person within hearing or sight who was likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress, or
- (c) that his conduct was reasonable.
- (4) A person is guilty of an offence under section 5 only if he intends his words or behaviour, or the writing, sign or other visible representation, to be threatening, abusive or insulting, or is aware that it may be threatening, abusive or insulting or (as the case may be) he intends his behaviour to be or is aware that it may be disorderly.
"What sort of country are we living in if a politician comes to Nottingham and speaks here to a group of people in the city centre and during his speech a heckler replies 'bollocks'. Are we to expect this person to be incarcerated, or do we live in a country where we are proud of our Anglo Saxon language?"[ref]. Unfortunately it's looking increasingly like the Police do what such people to be incarcerated, and this time what famous QC's are there that Mr Wright could call on, unfortunately I could only think of one, Cherie Booth QC, and I'm not sure she'd be up for it.