Sanctimonious bullying, double standards and sheer absence of humanity

May 26, 2020 by

by Melanie Phillips: The public hysteria over Dominic Cummings, who held an unprecedented press conference today in the Downing Street garden to explain why he appeared to have broken the spirit if not the letter of the lockdown rules, is far more troubling than anything Boris Johnson’s controversial chief adviser may have done. […]  It’s the sheer nastiness of the public attacks on Cummings which is so very shocking. It reveals that a significant section of the public has lost all...

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Remove “hateful material” from mandatory teaching, says SU council

May 3, 2020 by

by Emily Charley, The Oxford Student: A motion which mandates the Oxford University Student Union (SU) to condemn the use of “hateful material” in mandatory teaching was passed in Student Council this Thursday. The motion also resolves to create a new SU Policy, entitled “Protection of Transgender, Non-binary, Disabled, Working-class, and Women* Students from Hatred in University Contexts”. Named the ‘Academic Hate Speech Motion’, the motion sets to establish a new policy on hate speech within...

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The SNP’s war on free speech

May 1, 2020 by

by Andrew Tettenborn, spiked: The Scottish government’s new hate-crime laws will have devastating consequences for liberty. The Scottish government wants to modernise and consolidate the law on what people are permitted to say to each other. The Scottish administration’s Hate Crime and Public Order Bill, introduced in Holyrood last week, aims to extend considerably the category of banned speech. This should ring loud alarm bells. At present, Scots hate-crime law largely parallels the English...

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Law is a blunt tool for fighting hatred

Apr 29, 2020 by

by Stephen Daisley, Spectator: Good intentions often make bad laws and the Scottish Government’s Hate Crime Bill is chockfull of good intentions. Introduced by Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf on Thursday, the Bill seeks to drive out hatreds in our midst, whether long-understood prejudices such as racism or more modern and contested concepts like ‘transphobia’. Yousaf says his legislation is ‘an important milestone’ and argues that its passage ‘will send a strong message to victims,...

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Police have recorded 120,000 cases of ‘non-crime’ hate incidents

Feb 15, 2020 by

by Ryan Fahey, Mailonline: Police have recorded almost 120,000 ‘non-crime hate incidents’, it was revealed today – as a judge slammed ‘Gestapo’ police for quizzing a businessman at work over his ‘transphobic tweets’. Despite police accepting that such incidents are not crimes, they have still been logged on a system and can show up in criminal records checks – preventing the accused from getting jobs. The figures emerged as Harry Miller, a former...

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A victory for free speech. But clear legal safeguards are still needed.

Feb 15, 2020 by

by Harry Phibbs, Conservative Home: Thank goodness for Mr Justice Julian Knowles. A judgement he delivered yesterday was a powerful defence of freedom of expression, which is expected to have significant implications. Harry Miller, a 53-year-old man from Lincoln, had challenged the Hate Crime Operational Guidance of the College of Policing – the professional body which delivers training for all officers in England and Wales. Miller, himself a former police officer, had tweeted: “I was assigned...

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