While Britain stumbles from one meaningless Monty Python-type “Brexit” disaster to another, that country’s finest have been busy arresting two women in separate incidents for the crime of having called a trannie “he” instead of “she” on Twitter.
The first incident saw 38-year-old Kate Scottow, of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, arrested in front of her children by three burly offices from Hertfordshire constabulary and locked up for seven hours after referring to a trannie as a “man.”
According to reports, Scottow had her photograph, DNA and fingerprints taken and “remains under investigation.”
More than two months after her arrest, she has had neither her mobile phone or laptop returned, as they are still being “investigated” by the police. She was told that she had been “harassment and malicious communications because I called someone out and misgendered them on Twitter.”
Confirming the arrest, Hertfordshire Police said: “We take all reports of malicious communication seriously.”
Earlier, sitcom writer Graham Linehan—perhaps most famous as the writer of the “Father Ted” comedy TV series—was given a “verbal harassment” warning by West Yorkshire Police after “transgender activist” Stephanie Hayden reported Linehan for referring to him by his “previous names and pronouns on Twitter.”
In the latest incident, Caroline Farrow, a broadcaster and writer for Roman Catholic newspapers has been the “subject of a five-month police investigation after she was accused of calling a transgender woman a ‘he’ on Twitter.”
Farrow told media that she had a phone call from an officer on Monday asking her to attend an interview. She apparently posted the tweet following an appearance on the TV show “Good Morning Britain” last September, during which she took part in a debate on “transgender” children.
She said she was prepared to go to jail, adding: ‘I don’t know what I am suspected to have done. The only thing I can think of is that I may have referred to a 23-year-old transgender woman as someone’s “son”.
“I try at all times to be polite on Twitter, but it is my belief on both a religious and scientific basis that you cannot change the sex into which you were born.”
She said the police had told her that her tweets had “misgendered” an individual by using the wrong pronoun, which could be an offence under the Malicious Communications Act. Sentences for those found guilty under this act can be as long as two years.
The law makes it a crime to send messages that are “indecent or grossly offensive, threatening, or contain information which is false or believed to be false, if the purpose for sending it is to cause distress or anxiety.”
Media reports said that the case was being pursued by Surrey Police, whose former Chief Constable Lynne Owens said in 2015 that as a result of £25million in cuts and the loss of 250 officers, minor crimes would be ignored in favor of investigation of offences against vulnerable people.