Tom Daley the British Olympic diver has been persecuted with nasty tweets and a 17 year old boy has been arrested and held by the rozzers who clearly have no muggers, rapists or murderers to chase. He is being questioned which is odd considering there will be a digital record of whatever he said – apparently he was taking the mick about om Daley’s father who died of a brain tumour not long since so he is clearly a vile piece of work.
But is this really a police matter? There seems a stunningly obvious solution to this that does not involve the gigantic apparatus of the state. Says Mum or Dad, “I’ll have that phone – you is telephonically grounded (and yes, no “Angry Birds”) for a month”. Because if I know anything about teenagers (I was one once and had an Amiga) it is that depriving them of their phone is similar to standing them bollock-naked but for a blind-fold in a bucket of luke-warm piss in Gitmo and having Cuban prostitutes mock their penis-size. Job done.
Of course the real disgrace that adds insult to injury is the BBC carried this as a big news item. Tom Daley is one of our officially sanctioned heroes of course. If this happened to Bob or Sarah down the road nobody would give a toss but Daley is a “hero”. No he isn’t. He is quite good at jumping into water. This is a hero. I think unless you have dragged the wounded back from 25yds of the enemy lines under withering fire and then gone back to do it again you are not a hero. Not in my book anyway.
But the BBC decided this story was more highly newsable than the current battle for Aleppo.