You may recall that a couple of years ago, Andy Styles of Strathcona, Alberta — no fan of Rachel Notley and Justin Trudeau — was in the news due to some profane messages on his truck, displaying his disdain for the Premier and the Prime Minister.
Here at the Rebel, we sometimes make use of Jumbotron-equipped trucks sporting political signage as well, and while I might feel some kinship regarding the targets of Styles’ disdain, the problem was the language he used.
At the time, he told Global News he wanted to shock people, and “show my absolute disgust for both the provincial and federal governments.”
Mission accomplished there!
Some were certainly offended by the language, but an RCMP spokesman told 660 News, “Things that are offensive are not necessarily criminal.”
At one time, this would have been stating the obvious, but with the ongoing war against free speech, things aren’t so clear even two short years later, because some people want the police force to monitor bad taste.
Look at the recent story out of the UK from fellow Rebel Jack Buckby, about six men in England who were charged on suspicion of a public order offence for making a tasteless joke about the deadly Grenfell Tower fire.
The UK cops got it wrong while the Mounties made the right call on Styles two years ago, but considering all the free speech encroachments we’ve seen in the meantime, how long before we look back on the RCMP’s sane decision and refer to that as “the good old days"?