Which of these UK Responses on the #alfieevans case is a parody and which one is real?

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Which of these UK Responses on the #alfieevans case is a parody and which one is real?

John Dick­in­son: What’s so ter­ri­ble about being called an Eng­lish­man? The Eng­lish don’t seem to mind.

Dr. Ben­jamin Franklin: Nor would I, were I given the full rights of an Eng­lish­man. But to call me one with­out those rights is like call­ing an ox a bull. He’s thank­ful for the honor, but he’d much rather have restored what’s right­fully his.

1776 1972

As you might guess the Alfie Evans case and the court’s deci­sion to enforce their rul­ing to pre­vent his par­ents from seek­ing fur­ther care for him has pro­duced a lot of responses. I’d like to show you two, one is a par­ody and one is not.

Here is the first from the Mersey­side Police

We’ve issued a state­ment this evening to make peo­ple aware that social media posts which are being posted in rela­tion to Alder Hey and the Alfie Evans sit­u­a­tion are being mon­i­tored and may be acted upon.

Here is the 2nd from the Prime Minister’s office

Upon the news of a high court order­ing life sup­port removed from 2-​year-​old Alfie Evans, Eng­lish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May issued a brief, friendly reminder to cit­i­zens of the U.K. that the all-​powerful state actu­ally owns their children.

In a video cir­cu­lated online, May informed par­ents who were “get­ting a lit­tle too attached” to their chil­dren that they need to keep in mind that the United King­dom is the actual legal par­ent, and the kids are sim­ply on loan to them until the State decides it’s time for them to die.

Now in a sane world both of these would be con­sid­ered obvi­ous par­o­dies. After all the idea that police in the land of Magna Carta threat­en­ing arrest over social media com­ments denounc­ing the enforced death of Alfie Evans is just as absurd as the idea of the British PM declar­ing to par­ents that the state, not they, hold the final deci­sion on life and death for their children.

How­ever that is not the case. The mes­sage from the PM is from the par­ody site The Baby­lon Bee

while the police warn­ing was an actual tweet sent out by a police department

Let that run through your heads for a minute. The right of the state to starve a child to death in defi­ance of his par­ents is embraced and pro­tected under cur­rent british law but the right of “free” Eng­lish­men to cri­tique such a deci­sion is not.

I think a “thank you” note sent to the grave of John Adams and the rest of the found­ing fathers would be most appropriate

John Dickinson: What’s so terrible about being called an Englishman? The English don’t seem to mind.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Nor would I, were I given the full rights of an Englishman. But to call me one without those rights is like calling an ox a bull. He’s thankful for the honor, but he’d much rather have restored what’s rightfully his.

1776 1972

As you might guess the Alfie Evans case and the court’s decision to enforce their ruling to prevent his parents from seeking further care for him has produced a lot of responses. I’d like to show you two, one is a parody and one is not.

Here is the first from the Merseyside Police

We’ve issued a statement this evening to make people aware that social media posts which are being posted in relation to Alder Hey and the Alfie Evans situation are being monitored and may be acted upon.

Here is the 2nd from the Prime Minister’s office

Upon the news of a high court ordering life support removed from 2-year-old Alfie Evans, English Prime Minister Theresa May issued a brief, friendly reminder to citizens of the U.K. that the all-powerful state actually owns their children.

In a video circulated online, May informed parents who were “getting a little too attached” to their children that they need to keep in mind that the United Kingdom is the actual legal parent, and the kids are simply on loan to them until the State decides it’s time for them to die.

Now in a sane world both of these would be considered obvious parodies. After all the idea that police in the land of Magna Carta threatening arrest over social media comments denouncing the enforced death of Alfie Evans is just as absurd as the idea of the British PM declaring to parents that the state, not they, hold the final decision on life and death for their children.

However that is not the case. The message from the PM is from the parody site The Babylon Bee

while the police warning was an actual tweet sent out by a police department

Let that run through your heads for a minute. The right of the state to starve a child to death in defiance of his parents is embraced and protected under current british law but the right of “free” Englishmen to critique such a decision is not.

I think a “thank you” note sent to the grave of John Adams and the rest of the founding fathers would be most appropriate