If you cheered when Mrs T died, spare me your outrage – Clive Smith

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The media has been awash with the story of the six people who set fire to a cardboard model of Grenfell Tower in their back garden. Thank God the police acted so quickly in dealing with this. For a while I thought they were going to waste their time investigating the endless stream on stabbings in the capital.

It’s a good job London is so safe with no murders, muggings or acid attacks otherwise our overstretched police force wouldn’t have the time to investigate these nasty people burning cardboard boxes in their back garden.

Because at the end of the day that’s what it was. A cardboard box.

Yes, you can argue it was done in poor taste, disrespectful in the current climate we live in and misjudged, but at the end of the day this doesn’t mean its punishable. People shouldn’t be arrested for something other people find offensive.

I’m no legal expert but I don’t think it’s a crime yet.

If we’re going down that road to becoming a police state and people are arrested for this sort of stuff then we might as well ban bonfire night altogether because it encourages religious hatred.

If you’ve ever wished ‘death to Tories’, defended Jeremy Corbyn when he lays wreaths for terrorists or cheered when Margaret Thatcher died, then spare me your fake moral outrage. You are no better than them.

There were 30,000 people in Lewes, East Sussex, the other night to watch its annual bonfire parade.

During it effigies of a decapitated Theresa May and Boris Johnson were burned. It was all laughed off as a bit of fun. Nothing to see there.

Tell me though, what is the difference? And don’t say, ‘well no one died when the effigies were burnt.’. Because no one actually died when the box was burnt in the garden.

So, a tower block burns down killing 72 people and nobody has yet been arrested or jailed.

Six people burn a cardboard version in their garden and within 24 hours they’ve been arrested.

2018, the year when a ‘joke’ about a tragedy appears to have had more ramifications than the actual event.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

How sad that Poppy Appeal was hijacked for point-scoring

Sadly, the Poppy Appeal seemed to have been hijacked for political point-scoring and one-upmanship. It had been building for a few years, but this year was the worst.

You had halfwits trying to get their 15 minutes of fame on social media making ridiculous suggestions that the Poppy was racist and glorified war.

Then you had the other side using the poppy as a way of conveying their own particular agenda. Meanwhile, amid all the shouting, the remembrance aspect of the whole thing seemed to have been forgotten.

Can’t we just rewind a few years, buy our poppies like we used too and have some quiet reflection?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

A 4am pint to usher in your holiday is all part of the fun

You’ve worked hard and saved for your trip. You’re in holiday mode, looking forward to that first pint in The Red Lion at Gatwick. Who cares that it’s 4am!

Some killjoys do and the government is looking to restrict the sale of alcohol at airports after it was revealed there were 422 booze-related incidents in 2017.

So, just 442 incidents could stop the enjoyment of millions. They might as well go the whole hog and close town centre at 10pm at the weekend.

I’m an adult and should be able to have a drink at the airport if I wish. If I take things too far then I should face the consequences. Don’t airlines have the right to turn away drunk passengers?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​