There were few celebrations this week over the announcement that Katie Hopkins will not face criminal charges for an article she wrote in April comparing migrants to cockroaches.
An October 29 letter from the Metropolitan Police Special Enquiry Team makes it official:
Dear Ms Hopkins,
Allegation of crime – no further action
Further to my previous letters I now write to inform you that the Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to charge you with any offences. This is in relation to allegations made following an article written by you published in the Sun Newspaper on Friday the 17th of April 2015 and your radio broadcast on LBC on Sunday the 19th of April 2015. I understand that your solicitor has already informed you of this decision.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.
Howard Holt – Detective Inspector
Special Enquiry Team
The announcement came mere hours after the news that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has dropped charges against Goldsmiths student diversity officer Bahar Mustafa.
Although they’d most likely be loath to admit it, Hopkins and Mustafa are two sides of the same coin. Free once more to offend sensibilities without restriction from the state, those of us who despise what they have to say are saved the trouble of having to defend it.