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Originally posted by stumason
It is unclear what was said, I think. You say it's "how many of you'se are robbers", whereas others say its "how many of us are there?". Not being from that neck of the woods, the accent is tricky for me.
It's pretty clear cut to be honest. Whatever someone says to you, you have no right to respond with violence. Spitting is common assault. It will be hard, no matter what was said, to defend such action.
It's a disgusting act to spit on someone. However, is it more disgusting to go up to a group of people and ask them if they're 'robbers' simply because of the colour of their skin? Bailey incites them, tells them to f off, throws the first punch and is there battering a fallen man while one of his cronies pins him down. The BNP are an abhorrence.
Mr Bailey provokes the group of lads by accusing them of being 'robbers', he then pushes one of the youths and patronizes them. They would already have issues with Mr Baileys presence as he is clearly a racist so, though spitting is generally a deplorable act, it was not done without cause. I have no idea why Mr Bailey would deserve any sympathy at all in this situation. He incited the situation.