Earlier today I went to see the Ealing Studios classic “Whisky Galore” at the Odeon Cinema in Panton Street. The film, of course, describes the actions of Scottish islanders in recovering a cargo of whisky from a shipwreck at a time of acute whisky shortage during the Second World War despite the best efforts of Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise.
The film is a paeon to the joys of looting.
Indeed, it is nothing short of incitement to loot.
Yet earlier today Jordan Blackshaw and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan were both jailed for four years at Chester Crown Court for using Facebook to incite people to riot.
So will the Managers of the Odeon Cinema in Panton Street now expect to be arrested under sections 44 and 46 of the Serious Crime Act for intentionally encouraging another to assist the commission of an indictable offence?
They may need to watch themselves …..
Of course, the police may like to wait until after next week’s showings of “Kind Hearts and Coronets” – an incitement to murder members of the aristocracy if ever I saw one …..