Do the police know the difference between offensive and offence?

Feb 23, 2021 by

by Dan Hitchens, UnHerd: Farcical scenes on the Wirral, where the police have apologised for a billboard reading “BEING OFFENSIVE IS AN OFFENCE”. Superintendent Martin Earl announced that this alarming declaration “although well-intentioned was incorrect.” Earl stressed, at some length, the importance of combatting hate, the outstanding credentials of the local “Hate Crime Co-ordinators”, and so on, but made sure to “clarify that ‘being offensive’ is not in itself an offence.” Nevertheless, it...

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Free speech is the first casualty of wokeness

Feb 20, 2021 by

by Tom Slater, spiked: If the government really wants to go to war on woke, it should fight for unfettered freedom of expression. But it won’t. Call me a cynic, but I suspect the government’s ‘war on woke’, trumpeted again in the newspapers at the weekend, may not come to much. […]  The government wants to appoint a ‘Free Speech Champion’ with the power to impose fines on universities and students’ unions that ‘restrict speech unlawfully’ and ‘order redress if individuals have been...

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Why we must repeal our hate-speech laws

Feb 4, 2021 by

from spiked: Our political culture grows more censorious by the day. Social-media companies have banned an elected US president. University campuses have been turned into identitarian ‘safe spaces’. And criminal law is mobilised with increasing regularity to police thought, through draconian legislation. Andrew Bridgen is Conservative MP for North-West Leicestershire. He is campaigning to scrap Britain’s illiberal ‘hate speech’ laws. spiked caught up with him to find out more. spiked: What is...

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Stonewall: the state’s favourite consultancy firm

Jan 24, 2021 by

by Andrew Tettenborn, spiked: There is nothing wrong with activists. But when they start pulling the strings of government and, through it, telling the rest of us what we can and can’t do, it’s time to worry. In this regard, a recent episode concerning the pressure group Stonewall should give us pause. Stonewall was founded in 1989 as a campaign group calling, quite rightly, for the state to stop interfering in gay people’s lives. Unfortunately, it has since become increasingly right-on, and...

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Christian homes need to beware of the hate police

Nov 1, 2020 by

by Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack, The Conservative Woman: AN Englishman’s home is his castle. In 1763 prime minister Pitt the Elder stated, ‘The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail – its roof may shake – the wind may blow through it – the storm may enter – the rain may enter – but the King of England cannot enter.’ Not so for the Scotsman of today if the separatist SNP have their way. Humza Yousaf, Justice Secretary in Scotland’s increasingly...

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Hate Crime Bill: SNP seeks to regulate dinner table conversation in the home

Oct 30, 2020 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: There is something nasty in the SNP’s woodshed; very nasty indeed. It isn’t clear if it’s a creepy person or a sinister political impulse, but it’s nasty. Very nasty. Not content with proposals to curb freedom of religion and the freedoms of speech and expression in the public space – including theatres, festivals and comedy clubs – the architect of Scotland’s Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, Humza Yousaf MSP, has now decreed that conversations over the...

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