Challenging Thought Crime: HarryTheOwl v The College of Policing

by Harry Miller - @WeAreFairCop

Challenging Thought Crime: HarryTheOwl v The College of Policing

by Harry Miller - @WeAreFairCop
Harry Miller - @WeAreFairCop
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I'm Harry. @HarryTheOwl. You may recall that I got into bother for liking a limerick on Twitter and the problem hasn't gone away. 

My retweeting of a gender critical verse apparently so enraged someone that they felt it their civil duty to engage the police. The police duly obliged. But I'm not going to take this kind of Orwellian thought policing lying down. 

Launching legal challenge in the High Court against Humberside Police and, more importantly, against The College of Police who issue Police Guidelines to get those guidelines declared unlawful. Now I need your support. 

These Guidelines, forced upon police forces, are systematically used to shut down lawful discussion. They weaponise the police in favour of one group at the expense of another. They trample over our tradition as free people to engage in political debate without fear of arrest, coercion or intimidation from the police. 

I believe these guidelines breach Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and I am bringing a legal challenge against the College of Policing to prove it. This is about more than my case - it's about freedom of speech for everyone in this country even the people we most vehemently disagree with. Please contribute now and share this page with your friends, family and on social media. 

Fighting the establishment is costly. Doing nothing is terrifying. Please, if you believe in freedom, donate. All funds donated are transferred directly to my legal team and I stand to gain nothing. I simply cannot afford to do this on my own.

Case Background

The officer in question, PC Gul, described the tweet as containing a limerick. It wasn’t but that is beside the point.

PC Gul contacted my work, spoke to my MD, then spent 32 minutes on the phone lecturing me on hurt feelings and how in-vitro body parts sometimes accidentally grow from a lady brain as I sat with my shopping at Tesco. 

Sarcasm, satire and talk of synthetic breasts was sufficient to prompt the urgent police intervention. That PC Gul didn't appear in Tesco car park with his blues and twos blaring, I suppose, is a small mercy. 

‘Were any of the tweets criminal?’ I asked

‘No,’ says PC Gul. 

‘Then why are you ringing me?’ 

‘I need to check your thinking,’ said PC Gul. 

The following week, the Assistant Chief Constable threw the full weight of the College of Policing Guidelines behind his constable, sternly warning in the press about escalation,  proportionate action and publicly declaring me a transphobe. 

I was in Australia when Inspector Wilson called some weeks later, urging me to stop my political commentary on Twitter. 

I reminded him that the Government has called for a public debate on proposed changes to the Gender Recogniton Act and of my Article 10 Rights.  His response was, ‘If you don’t like it, sue.’

Thanks for the advice, Inspector Wilson. 

On behalf of Maria McLachlan, Kate Scottow, Margaret Nelson, Graham Linehan, Posie Parker, Julia Long and the women forcibly removed by the police at Accenture, this is precisely what we intend to do.

How much are we raising and why?

Initially we are seeking to raise 25,000 to start legal proceedings, pay for initial advice and begin our case preparation. However, we then need to go on to raise considerably more to cover all the associated costs of the case so your support is critical. 

This fight is for the right to exercise lawful speech free from coercive interference. It is a fight we fight on behalf of women and right-minded men. It is a fight we have to win.

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