Saturday, December 31, 2005

Congrats McMenemy MBE

Not well reported but Lawrie McMenemy, Saints boss from 1974 to 1985 got an MBE for services to football and charity. It's probably got more to do with a successful season as manager of the Parliamentary Football Club than anything he did for Saints but well done anyway.

Robert Baehr - BNP tosser

Well known local BNP supporter, Robert Baehr of New Close, Haslebury Plucknett, Crewkerne was found not guilty of racially aggravavated harassment at Taunton Crown Court. I'm not going to advertise what he was cleared of saying but this is what he admitted to saying to a Mr Kamal, working in the One Stop Shop in Crewkerne.

"I don't like West Africans, half of them are criminals."

"What are you still doing in my country?"

"I hope you're not a Muslim because all Muslims are thieves and liars"

and to police later "I don't like foreigners taking people's jobs in the area"

I agree it's not harassment in the legal sense of the word, but I want to take this opportunity to exercise my free speech to Mr Baehr. He is a tosser, and a disgrace to the good name of Somerset.

UPDATE - The BNP themselves have put their own spin on the news here. It's important to remember that all the quotes above are things that Mr Baehr freely admits saying.