"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Coroners & Justice Ping-Pong

I'm still rather woozy and that must explain why it took three readings of this article on the BBC website: 'New defeat over homophobia laws' to make sense of it.

Nowhere does it mention that it's part of the EU's Equal Treatment Directive.
The defence provides protection for "discussion or criticism of sexual conduct or practice" to the law on incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Lord Waddington said his amendment did not weaken the offence of stirring up homophobic hatred but paralleled "that in the religious hatred offence".
The bill is going back to the HoC today.

More here: Equal Treatment Directive


  1. It's just another attempt by Labour to give one of their deserving appreciative "victim groups" special status under the law so long as they vote for them.

    I doubt the Lords will accept any amendment either.

  2. Hi QM, I missed the debate & only managed to catch the vote but I think the amendment has been accepted in the same way the one on religion was accepted. I don't think it will stand for long though - it comes from Brussels and it's to harmonise us with Europe.

  3. HiQM. What victim group are you refering to?

  4. BBC pic caption "Lord Smith said more gay people were being attacked"
    No, he didn't say that. He said that more people would end up being attacked ( in his opinion ).


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