And so we return to the case of Anjem Choudary, Britain's most eminent Hate-Preacher-Who-Also-Lives-On-Benefits. Choudary has hit the news again, just as he intended, this time for marching down Brick Lane threatening shopkeepers with 40 lashes if they don't stop selling alcohol. At the same time he has gone on record, acclaiming Muslim gangs (who recently attacked drinkers on London's streets), as "fantastic".
Now, simple minded souls might wonder whether Choudary was breaking the law here: isn't it an incitement to violence, when you praise vicious mobs as "fantastic"? Isn't it criminal, in some way, to menace shopkeepers with "40 lashes"?
Come to think of it, you might wonder why Choudary hasn't been jailed before, given his record. In 2003 he was investigated for organising terrorist training camps. Around the same time he praised the 9/11 bombers as "magnificent martyrs". A few months later he predicted attacks on British soil. In 2005 he refused to condemn the 7/7 slaughters in London.