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Julian Huppert MP writes… The Public Order Act: More than a little insulting

What do Peter Tatchell and the Christian Institute have in common? Before you answer, this isn’t some deeply unfunny jibe from a Coalition colleague, but one of many unexpected alliances which have formed to oppose Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.

This rather insidious Section criminalises all those who use “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour” within the hearing or sight of a person “likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress”. It also applies to those who display “any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting”.

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    No party "owns" any issue. Everything is contestable. Forgive the typo in my spelling of your name....
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    @James Fowlee: why would we want to talk in one word sentences? Why would we want to stand in line and repeat after YOU? Why would we want to say somethi...
  • JohnMc
    Well, given that the Tories have just announced they want to bring back National Service … and that’s their best plan, this is well timed!...
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    Repeat slowly after me: Labour. Own. The. NHS....
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