Police called over blogger’s criticism of a political party

Michael Abberton, the man behind AxeOfReason, was recently contacted by police over his activity on social media. Abberton’s crime? An evaluation of a previously created Ukip poster, where he attempted to scrutinise the points made.

ukip poster blogger axeofreason

Abberton posted the results on Twitter, highlighting where he could find no evidence for claims and sourcing those he could with links to official party documents and websites of senior spokesmen. In truth, many of the points above are not applicable, and many of the sources depict local branch statements and comments from donors, however it is also true that no law had been broken in the process of Mr Abberton’s assessment.

So why were the police called to the blogger’s home? Who instructed them to do so? And who handed over the blogger’s personal details?

Remarkably, despite the legality of the situation, Abberton states that the police asked him to remove the poster as well as to remain silent with regards to their visit, as it may ‘appear prejudicial in light of the upcoming election’. This is very worrying indeed.

 

DEVELOPMENT: The Guardian has quotes on this story from Cambridgeshire Police

5 COMMENTS

  1. He did not attempt to scrutinize anything, what he tried unsuccessfully to do was qualify the original nonsense by recreating the poster and added those links, the rape one links to an EU vote of 8 years ago. He knew exactly what he was trying to do, he was deliberately using social media to convey false information. According to the Guardian a local councilor complained and the police went and questioned him about that complaint. Standard procedure really but of course he thinks its all one big conspiracy but then he is a Green.

  2. I’ll take a wild guess that the writer is one of the bunch of arrogant (mainly) middle class, frantically and desperately trying to discredit UKIP like his “blogger” pal ? I voted Labour all my life. People like you and the PC brigade’s pomposity and getting the main parties to IGNORE us and ONLY listen to you lot is why Im voting UKIP and will continue to do so, and allow creeps like you to continue defacing UKIP posters and spread your hysterical bullshit

    • It seems so but regardless if you believe in free of speech and expression then you must defend everyone’s right to it, even shrill PC pompous typical UKIP haters.

    • Yes. We are clearly a monolithic entity who engages in hivemind and groupthink. It’s not like there are millions of us with different opinions on why we dislike UKIP.

      But then, critical thinking, facts and not thinking in black-and-white have never been strong suits of a lot of UKIP supporters. (Although by no means all – I’m not a hypocrite 😉 )

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