The whole system is confusing and allows for too many incidents to be deemed “hate”.
Posts Tagged: Hate Crimes
Philip Booth: Ordinary people have suffered under our hate crime rules. Patel is right to change the system.
Controversial but reasonable opinions can be the basis of a visit from the police or even arrest.
It should worry us all that a Conservative government is even on board with the concept of a hate crime.
Maria Miller: Death and rape threats, abuse, revenge porn. It’s time for Government to get tough with the social media giants.
The upcoming Online Harms Bill must be as effective as possible in tackling the scourge of online abuse.
Caroline ffiske: How non-crime hate incidents came into force. And why they should be reformed – or scrapped altogether.
Introduced with the best of intentions, they have grown and morphed beyond reason – more so than Macpherson could surely have imagined.
And this power struggle carries with it serious threats to free speech and democratic accountability.
James Somerville-Meikle: The SNP’s overhaul of hate crime legislation is a threat to freedom of expression in Scotland
Criminal behaviour under the new law would be based on offence caused, rather than intended – a significant difference to England and Wales.
Emma Webb: Scotland’s new Hate Crime Bill imposes a new system of blasphemy. It urgently needs rejecting.
The legislation is aimed at stopping prejudice, but it can easily be used to silence debates on gender identity.
Tightening the definition of a “hate incident” would help. Our new Attorney General has a lot of work to do if public confidence is to be restored.
Since 2016, the amount of “hate crime” has probably gone down. The number of UK residents from other EU states has certainly gone up.
I have a crime plan which will ensure that criminals on and offline are put under pressure, not victims. I will fight for London’s values of openness and acceptance.
It was odious to burn an effigy of the Grenfell Tower – but those responsible should not have been arrested
The police should not arrest people for being offensive. Not just because burglaries and violence matter more. But because we need the freedom to offend.
Penny Mordaunt: We will get stick from the Corbynistas. And from the small-minded. But we are backing this move to support disabled people none the less.
We believe in freedom – which is why we’ve initiated this Global Disability Summit.
A focus on formal qualifications is a good start, but surely any programme is incomplete if it doesn’t tackle the underlying drivers of hate crime.
It is a serious issue – but by forever expanding the definition to include anyone who perceives that they have been insulted for any reason ultimately undermines our ability to address the most serious cases.