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Lib Dem success as Home Secretary confirms government to back amendment to Public Order Act

The Guardian reports that, following a high-profile campaign, the government has agreed to retain an amendment to the Crime and Courts Bill going some way to implementing Lib Dem party policy (pdf) on the Public Order Act:

In a government climb down, the Public Order Act that covers speech and writing on signs and states: “A person is guilty of an offence if he uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour”, will be changed to remove the word insulting. The move follows a high-profile campaign which united Christian and secular groups and was spearheaded by the comedian Rowan Atkinson, the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and the former shadow home secretary David Davis.

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  • User AvatarDavid-1 27th Mar - 4:24am
    The logical corollary would be that in an ideal society, corporations should, without regulation, be able to market any adulterated poisonous rubbish that they pleased,...
  • User AvatarDavid-1 27th Mar - 4:15am
    It would be a very bizarre world indeed where packaging regulations could be reasonably condemned as "authoritarian." Luckily it isn't the real world.
  • User AvatarDavid-1 27th Mar - 4:14am
    "In a few years when airplanes are noise and pollution free" That utopia has been coming "in a few years" since 1965.
  • User AvatarAlex Sabine 27th Mar - 1:30am
    @ Malcolm "Let's remember Maudling did indeed leave a mess - at least he was honest." I agree. Though by the standards of future Chancellors...
  • User AvatarAlex Sabine 27th Mar - 1:18am
    @ Philip From a long-term supply-side point of view, I agree. Higher productivity is essential, and part of that requires allowing unproductive firms to go...
  • User AvatarSara Scarlett 27th Mar - 12:32am
    This op-ed in a nutshell is this: = "I know that plain packaging of everything is authoritarian but what's so wrong with authoritarianism anyway?"
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