Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Editor Arrested Over Asylum Editorial

Alan Buchan, editor of the freesheet North East Weekly, has been charged with race hate offences under the Public Order Act.

According to Press Gazette, "the charges arise out of an editorial published on 16 June about alleged proposals create a new prison at Peterhead.

Under the headline "Perverts & Refugees", Buchan claimed the people of rural England were rebelling against the establishment of large refugee centres holding up to 5,000 immigrants "because they were fully aware that their communities would be swamped and turned into cesspools and ghettos where murder, rape, robbery, assault, break-ins and numerous other crimes became prevalent"."

Mr Buchan, whose freesheet serves the area of Aberdeenshire that bears his name, defends himself here.

His comments are obviously ridiculous. Fancy suggesting that areas with a high number of asylum seekers, like London, have more crime than Aberdeenshire. Has not the great Aaaronovitch said that "there is no greater propensity among immigrants towards crime, prostitution and anti-social behaviour than among the population at large" ?

Which must be why 10% of the UK prison population are foreign nationals.

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