UK Sandwich Shop Owner Arrested for Mandela Joke

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Who says there are no more blasphemy laws anymore? Make a joke about a secular saint and you’ll be getting DNA samples taken faster than you can say “Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela“.

A sandwich shop owner endured eight hours of questioning by police and had his computer seized for three weeks – after making tasteless Nelson Mandela jokes on the internet.

Neil Phillips, who runs Crumbs in Rugeley, Staffordshire, says he was also finger-printed and DNA-swabbed after officers received complaints about what he insists were harmless gags.

In one online post, the 44-year-old wrote: ‘My PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mandela.’

‘When they took my computer, I thought, “what the hell are they looking for?” To be questioned would have been over the top, never mind arrested.’

You can question the taste, but they’re not hateful. I told the police they got plenty of “likes”. What happened to freedom of speech?

What did happen to freedom of speech? The left happened to it. And it did to freedom of speech what it does to everything else.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Tim Jones was so incensed by the one-liners, aired at a time when Mandela was critically ill, that he made an official complaint.

He commented under one tasteless joke: ‘Attacking a 94-year-old man who is probably dying. Does the far right have an ounce of human decency?’

He said: ‘They are vile and deeply offensive, anti-Muslim, anti-disabled.’

Staffordshire Police declined to go into detail about the nature of their interview with Mr Phillips. But a spokesman said: ‘We can confirm a man was arrested in Rugeley on September 10.

‘He was bailed pending further enquiries.

‘When he answered bail on September 30, he was informed that there would be no further action based on CPS decision of there being insufficient evidence to support a prosecution.’

Freedom of speech 1. Lib dems 0.

  • roccolore

    Of course, the same liberals have no problem with Muslims who advocate jihad and sharia.

    • A proud Englishman

      These are the same liberals, who are quite happy to let our army guys be murdered on London streets. Send all the Liberals (incl David Cameron) to the desert with the muslims and then nuke the place.

      • Chavi Beck

        Kipling wrote,
        “Making mock of uniforms that guard you while you sleep
        Is cheaper than those uniforms, and they’re starvation cheap.”

  • DogmaelJones1

    Yes, the same liberals have no problem calling for the death of infidels and telling freedom of speech to go to hell. The same liberals conveniently overlook the campaign of terror and genocide by the S.A. government against whites.

  • Jakareh

    He said: ‘They are vile and deeply offensive, anti-Muslim, anti-disabled.’

    What is this leftist lunatic talking about? Whatever his flaws, Nelson Mandela was not a Muslim

    • MarilynA

      Are you sure? He was an active communist and our US communists are now Muslim terrorists’ apologists and allies.

      • CowboyUp

        US comies have always been terrorists’ apologists and allies. Like the IRA and Red Brigades, most Islamic terrorist cadres were trained in the Warsaw Pact during the Cold War. The way obama’s going against putin to turn North Africa and SW Asia over to the muslim brotherhood makes one wonder though.

        • saracen_za

          Are you refering to the butcher Barak Husein Obama?

    • Morgagni

      you are correct, Mandela was a Methodist,

    • A true South African

      The Lib Dem’s are certified idiots

  • quillerm

    Typical Liberal, one person makes a joke and he smears all conservatives. That is called race baiting for political gain. Disgusting!

  • Chris Gait

    “anti-Muslim”

    Hmm. I better say it now. No Muslims were harmed in the drafting of this comment.

    I don’t want to be arrested at the behest of the comrade from the great city of Staffordshire for saying anything that might be considered anti-Muslim or anti-disabled. Including statements like “Liberal Democrat Councillor Tim Jones is a vile excuse for a human being, and is disabled, being as he is…a moron”. Clearly I would never say such a thing.

    • MarilynA

      I love it. Thanks for the laugh.

    • DireMouse

      Quick! Name a religion founded by a mass murderer…

      • Chris Gait

        Ha! Made me think of him! Now…draw a cartoon! Oh, wait, don’t, that’s very wrong. Don’t draw a cartoon.

      • DaRueStir

        Islam, communism, marxism

      • adamorenstein

        All of them! Supposedly, according to scripture, religions are founded by God, and the bible is very clear that God is a mass murderer.

  • musterion

    Was anyone arrested and interrogated for the many vile comments made when Margaret Thatcher died? The authorities would probably have had to arrest the entire staff of The Guardian

    • john spielman

      exactly, and that should lead a lawsuit against the police!

  • john spielman

    the UK govt is INSANE! Comments regardless of how tasteless or offensive are NOT illegal unless one is advocating/ plotting violence against someone or some group! (which Islamists are always doing -so why aren’t they arrested.

    • MarilynA

      Wait a minute. It’s our Constitution which guarantees Freedom of Speech, religion etc. We had to Fight England to get that right. When did England adopt Constitutional Rights equal to what we have?

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Dhimmitudinous West Pakistan, formerly known as the UK – is a cooked goose.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    There are a few Brits left with backbone.

    A GREAT EXAMPLE is Pat Condell.

    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWOkEnBl5TO4SCLfSlosjgg

    His youtube channel is a MUST SEE.

    • Chris Gait

      “You’ve got more chance of celebrating Christmas in a pub in Saudi Arabia than you have of finding common ground between Islam and homosexuality.”

      Classic summation! Pat Condell rocks.

    • Collitjies

      At least he has the balls to speak the truth. The UK government seems to be licking the arses of muslims and other terrorists like Mandela.

  • Gee

    Wow – I never knew that Nelson Mandela was a Muslim!

    The British people have no rights at all.

  • DogmaelJones1

    No wonder Pat Condell gave up comedy in the U.K.

  • http://ironburka.blogspot.com/ Mullah Lodabullah

    “Put the pun down! Put it down NOW!”

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “You can question the taste, but they’re not hateful. I told the police they got plenty of “likes”. What happened to freedom of speech?”

    Hahahahahahaha!

  • Alleged Comment

    Your worthless leaders are preparing you for negro worship. The last straw of their befuddling attempt at mounting the foreign sodomite negro Barry Staylolo as president for life.

    Hollyweird has been brainwashing you for this for decades to show you Negroes are just like us, yeah! White picket fences and all!

    The heads of state are all following in line espousing negro worship by showing up in DROVES to line up for the negro Nelson Mandela. Never mind he was a terrorist and a communist. What matter is he IS NEGRO!

    • OverEd

      You are simply an idiot.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Get back to your burning cross you dumb Sack of SHlTler.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    This is only slightly worse than when I said something mildly critical of Obama; in a Goodwill store here in the good ol’ USA. Freedom of speech? I got a few rude stares, and was also told to “shut up!” My response contained a few things about the 1st amendment.

  • SoCalMike

    The American Left can’t wait for the day when political opposition can be arrested for expressing or communicating disagreable thoughts.
    Speech codes at universities are their attempt to resurrext heresy laws.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      That’s why the leftards in the US were trying to shutdown conservative Talk Radio in the US.

      May leftards aims and goals always suffer the agony of NAKBA.

  • Guest

    Actually free speech is concerned with things like politics, economics, religion — broadly speaking anything that can form matter for intellectual discussion; it has nothing to do with things like pornography or threats or any sort of speech that has no purpose but to disgust and offend.

  • Texas Patriot

    The right of free speech is too valuable to be wasted on stupid jokes.

  • Ian LLoyd

    Mandela argued strongly that he was a Christian . See p620 ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ Check index for other laudings of Christianity in his writing. maybe greater men like Lithuli, Naude and perhaps deKlerk were the shoulders on which Mandela stood. If he had been in a modern day country dominated by Islam,Hinduism Communism or Buddhism his prison conditions would be a lot worse than Robben Island and maybe his death penalty would not have been commuted.

  • A true South African

    Face it, Mandela was convicted terrorist. Fact!!!! He was responsible for the murder of innocent people. And before you argue the point. Consider what your thoughts were everytime the IRA bombed the UK.

    If I was Neil Phillips, I would have the police for unlawfull arrest. The head of Staff Police should resign now!

  • Daniel Greenfield

    Then it’s not free speech. It’s speech whose topic and content you approve of.

  • bddd

    Wrong.