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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 Pollard 23rd Jul - 10:55pm
    Interesting than no one asked Ed about the Government decision to cave into the house builders and drop the 'zero energy' target for new homes...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 23rd Jul - 10:06pm
    @Alice Following Joe Otten's wise advice, I will say no more. Thanks for an illuminating experience.
  • User AvatarKerry Hutchinson 23rd Jul - 9:58pm
    I think Jonathan's piece strikes the right cautionary note. Of course freedom of speech does not entitle to indulge in racist or phobic remarks. But...
  • User AvatarSIMON BANKS 23rd Jul - 9:34pm
    Stuart - while I agree that a government is entitled perhaps not to ignore a million people marching, but to disagree with them, your memory...
  • User AvatarSIMON BANKS 23rd Jul - 9:26pm
    I don't think you can be right about 1939 as Edward VIII had abdicated by then and his younger brother had married before becoming king....
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 23rd Jul - 9:22pm
    I've just noticed Dave Page did make a comment about the article a few comments above, so I'm sorry for missing that out.