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The Vile Persecution of Tom Daley.

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.


  1. Single Acts of Tyranny says:

    I had never heard of this guy until the story, though apparently I had seen his face on some bottled water Mrs SAoT buys. I randomly thought him a member of ‘one direction’* or some such. Neither did I know there was an event called synchronised diving for men (or indeed women). Arguably less challenging than the boxing.

    Like you I am simply amazed this is a police matter. Perhaps the plucky chap can come good in the flower arranging to music if there’s such an event.

    Oh shit, it’s the rozzers…..

    (*they may not be called that, or anything like that, it’s not worth the effort to google).

  2. NickM says:

    In the first London Olympics way back when “we” won a gold in poodle-grooming. Yes that was an event. Seriously. I am not making this up.

  3. JuliaM says:

    You couldn’t have poodle-grooming in the Olympics these days. The police would assume it was bestiality-related and arrest all the competitors…

  4. NickM says:

    Oh Julia!

    You are so naive! The minute you say “grooming” to Officer Dibble they think “Peadogeddon” and fetch the helicopter, SWAT team and the dogs (not poodles) and they ram down a door at 4am… I mean almost if you had an electro-fag on Magic Bus. Am I the only one that thinks the response to that doesn’t happen in the ‘stan when a patrol comes under withering AQT fire and has a fella down with a bullet in the guts and the sergeant is asking down the radio for CASEVAC and for someone to lay 500lbs of death down and a strafing run to allow a tactical retreat. And why don’t we fly Super Tucs for CAS? Or anything designed for CAS?

    I’m seriously considering getting a cat-comb because the hairballs are a wondrous thing. Best ask the vet. Little Timmy is due for his MOT soon.

  5. RAB says:

    It’s a spoof Nick, there never was such an event.

    But if there is ever a pet Olympics (and there probably is god help us!) then I’m sitting next to a double Gold medal winner right now. Well not sitting next to exactly, she’s got her head on my foot. Our Madam Joy would take the frisbee gold and the 100m freestyle swimming with ease!

  6. Sam Duncan says:

    As I understand it, there was reason to believe threats had been made on Daley’s life, which I suppose have to be taken seriously. There’d have been no end of trouble if the kid had turned out to be a genuine nutcase out for blood. On the other hand, how serious were they, is it really a matter for arrest, and would there have been the same reaction if it had been you or me on the receiving end? Yeah, I can just see that: “Hello, police? There’s someone saying nasty things about me on teh Twitters. Hello? Hello?”

  7. RAB says:

    The twatting kid tweeted an apology, so what has it got to do with Plod? He threatened to drown Daley Sam. Er like really credible eh?

  8. john b says:

    He tweeted Daley an apology, indeed. “I’m sorry mate i just wanted you to win cause its the olympics I’m just annoyed we didn’t win I’m sorry tom accept my apology”. If he’d protected his account and gone offline for a couple of days that would have been the end of things. Because he wouldn’t have done anything even plausibly illegal, just made a crass remark.

    Instead of which, he waited a couple of hours and tweeted Daley “why don’t you respond to me you prick stop getting me hate alright I’ve said I’m sorry now fuck off”. Which didn’t help much, but still most likely wasn’t illegal in the context of the discussion (it’s obscene language, but Daley escalated the argument, and there’s still no threatening behaviour or menacing conduct). If he’d shut up at this point, he’d still not have been arrested.

    Then he tweeted Daley: “I’m going to find you and i’m going to drown you in the pool you cocky twat your a nobody people like you make me sick”

    Then he threatened to stab another critic in the throat: “come on then you cunt i’ll stick a knife down your fuckin throat now comeback and stop hiding from me”

    At which point, we’ve got sending menacing messages through a telecoms network and, more seriously, making threats to kill. Unlike the Paul Chambers case, it’s not clearly a joke – the context is one where a man is getting progressively angrier and more threatening towards a specific named individual.

    If I went to a pub and was vile (but neither obscene nor threatening) about someone’s dad, and apologised and left when the general response of the pub suggested that leaving would be a very sensible plan, I wouldn’t be arrested.

    If I went to a pub, was vile about someone’s dad, apologised and left, then came back and called him a prick and told him to fuck off, threatened to drown him and then threatened to stab a bystander in the throat, then I would be arrested, and I’d deserve it.

    The reporting of this case has been absolutely appalling, with the cretinous press pretending the arrest has something to do with the original tweet and not the follow-ups.

    But seriously, are we saying that sending a message to a specific individual threatening to kill them is OK (this wasn’t a general declaration of “Robert Mugabe/Tony Blair is a scumbag and deserves to be stabbed in the throat) just because it’s done electronically? If so, where’s the line here? Twitter? Email? Phone?

  9. JuliaM says:

    Ah, but JohnB, in the pub scenario, none of your threatened people can make you invisible with the click of a button, can they?

    The block function, folks! Learn how to use it!

  10. Single Acts of Tyranny says:

    “in the pub scenario, none of your threatened people can make you invisible with the click of a button, can they?”

    Julia, remind me to buy you a tazer ~ get’s rid of annoying noises.

    (and yes Mr Plod, that was a joke).

  11. Henry Crun says:

    Whatever happened to telling people who annoy you to just “Fuck off and leave me alone”?

    Why does plod have to get involved every time some one uses twatter to post something mildly offensive? Didn’t take plod long to go knocking on the “offender’s” door. Try and get them to arrest the toerag that has burgled your shed even though they know who it is and the little shit has done it before. Police now officially put “Thought Crimes” ahead of actual crime; you know, like thieving and stuff.

  12. Lynne says:

    Apparently it’s not only sticks and stones that have been banned by the Health and Safety tyrants. They have now added the even more injurious names to the proscribed list.

  13. David Gillies says:

    The Plod have obviously got no business getting involved in this ridiculous nonsense, but the toerag in question sounds like such a revolting specimen that a part of me hopes his life is made an absolute misery. He sounds like the sort of scum that are usually tagged as a ‘loveable rogue’ in the stories that Julia finds (which means he’s a gimlet-eyed feral scrote who needs beating to death with a sock full of shit.)

    As for war heroes: check out Charles Upham. Only combat soldier to get two VCs. His exploits sound so outlandish that they’d be rejected for a film script. After he got liberated from Colditz (where they sent him because he simply would not stop trying to escape) instead of going straight back home he wanted to join the Americans and kill more Germans. A fund was raised for him to buy a farm; he donated it so children of ex-servicemen could go to university.

  14. [...] Counting cats thinks that the teasing of olympic diver Tom Daley is unjustified. Personally I think that anything is justified to demean ,humiliate and hurt the shirtlifters poster boy. drowning him in a swimming pool seems perfectly reasonable. [...]

  15. [...] Counting cats thinks that the teasing of olympic diver Tom Daley is unjustified. Personally I think that anything is justified to demean ,humiliate and hurt him.  If Daley continues to be the statists poster boy and he simply wont stop then drowning him in a swimming pool seems perfectly reasonable. [...]

  16. lifedeathand says:

    You’re right, it was below the belt and didn’t reflrct what I wanted to say. I’ve changed it, could you amend the above link, thanks.

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