‘Nineteen Eighty-Four is now a policing manual’


The phone call from the Police said I was wanted for transphobic hate speech. Somebody from down south had complained. They said my workplace was probably a very 'dangerous' place because of me. I thought this was ridiculous. I asked the officer, 'Have I committed any crime?'. He said, 'No, you have not committed a crime'.

The police had 30 tweets of mine. I asked the officer, 'What's the worst one you've got? Which one comes closest to the edge of being dangerously criminal?' He said, 'Well, there is this limerick'. I replied to say that I hadn't written any limericks. He said, 'No, but you have retweeted a limerick'. He read it to me, and I was like, 'You've got to be kidding me'. It wasn't even a limerick. It was a lyric from a feminist song. He told me I had to stop doing this. I asked again if I had done  wrong. And that is when he said the immortal line: 'I need to check your thinking.'

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