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Mob rule

Dear Reader,

Sadly it appears that mob rule has appeared in the UK, this is in relation to the Grenfell fire. What happened was that a man named Robert Outram who was helping out the people affected by the horrible fire was mistaken for Robert Black. Robert Black is the CEO of Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) which is the organisation which was responsible for the management of the building before the fiery debacle.

It has been reported that a photograph of a man was put on line with the wrong name. Ignoring the fact that the general public should not dispense their own idea of “street justice” what went wrong was that the wrong man was targeted by the mob. I hold the view that while a competent legal system exists to deal with criminal and civil cases that as part of the social contract the public should not attempt to dispense “justice” as vigilantes.

I also hold the view that part of the problem is people who publish information with errors in places such as social media, blogs newspapers and other things. I would urge people to make sure that they check their facts before publication. Some time ago a man who is a “posterboy” for gun control George Zimmerman went and shot a 17 year old named Trayvon Martin. I think that George is a walking and talking argument for “gun control” well at least some form of gun control even if it is not a total ban on the public having guns. The incident when he tried to stop a alcohol inspector dealing with his friend’s underage drinking does raise worries about his fitness to carry a gun in my mind.

Now I do not want to get bogged down in this rather controversial case which has already spawned some lawsuits relating to things like editing of a 911 recording to make Mr Zimmerman look worse.  If you are interested here is another report about that court case. Part of it was dismissed by a Florida judge.

Back to the main issue here, what happened was Spike Lee published George Zimmerman’s address, but he got it wrong ! What then happened was that an innocent family were subject to a series of horrible things. What I would advise people to do is to think before you tweet, blog or post on line.

Think about what you are going to publish.

  1. Is it legal ?
  2. Is it correct ?
  3. Does it serve a useful purpose (rather than your attempt to get your 15 minutes) ?
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