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Police investigate Nazi caricature of Chief Minister

Police investigate Nazi caricature of Chief Minister

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Police investigate Nazi caricature of Chief Minister

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Police in the UK are investigating a satirical posting on a local Facebook group, showing the Chief Minister wearing a Nazi uniform.

The post announced the creation of a "new political party," named "Nazis against sea-lettuce," and attributed the title of SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer, the highest rank in the SS, to the Chief Minister.

Local officers were alerted to the post after an islander contacted them to complain. The post was removed following a Police request, but they say it is now subject to an "on-going investigation, in consultation with Greater Manchester Police." While the post appeared on a local group, the author lives in Manchester.

Writing on Monday in the same group, the author said the original post was "absurd." He added: "Suffice it to point out that the worst one could say about that post was that it was in bad taste and not particularly funny. However, it wasn't meant to be funny - it was meant to be ridiculous. So ridiculous, in fact, that only a half-wit or someone with their own personal agenda could possibly take it seriously." 

In Germany it is still an offence to use and wear symbols of the Nazis, including uniforms with swastikas. 

Given the Occupation, Nazi imagery is a highly sensitive subject in Jersey, and past cases have shown it is no laughing matter in the UK either. The Great British Bake Off's judge Paul Hollywood was recently in hot water after photos from a 2003 party showing him in a Nazi uniform resurfaced. The baker published an apology on his Twitter profile saying he was "devastated"

Prince Harry committed the same faux pas in 2005 as he sported a swastika armband at a private party, which some called "tasteless."

Clarence House issued a statement saying: "Prince Harry has apologised for any offence or embarrassment he has caused. He realises it was a poor choice of costume." 

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Posted by Simon Dodkins on
Seems we have become an island obsessed with complaining about everything. Worst still, the authorities appear to have no capacity to gauge what constitutes a balanced response to those complaints. There are sinister undertones impacting freedom of speech.
Posted by Jean Lelliott on
Yes, strange isn't it, Simon. When I went to the police because I was being harrassed by someone with a long history of it (and allegedly issuing death threats), I was told to ignore him. Go figure! Our police force are rapidly losing my respect.
Posted by Maria Millen on
Really? Someone was so incensed by this photograph, that instead of complaining to the administrator of the site to remove it, they chose instead to make this a police matter! Surely the police have more use for their valuable time than hunting down a Jersey version of 'spitting image' satire ....
Posted by Jerry Bolton on
Oh, come on. Was a clear caricature going to harm anyone? That dress episode was over 70 years ago, so someone is either super sensitive and shouldn't be allowed out, or they are using it to stamp out criticism. I favour the latter; stifling free speech, ignoring the electorate and spending money where they like. Hmmmm.
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