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Intimidating elected representatives.

Intimidating elected representatives.

Postby Hairyloon » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:04 pm

There is talk afoot of creating a new offence relating to intimidating politicians. We might think of this as a long thought and well considered response to the murder of an MP last year, and not a knee jerk reaction to the Honourable Member for the 18th Century getting shouted at, but either way it is a cause for concern: how can they frame the legislation to do what they intend without allowing it to be used to close down legitimate protest or criticism?
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Re: Intimidating elected representatives.

Postby dls » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:21 pm

No offence is needed. There is enough general law to protect them, and most anybody. The harrassment laws are already general enough to cover more than they should be.

The test always must be what kinds of acts do you wish to prevent? Are you quite sure it is not already covered by criminal law, and should it, need it in fact be criminalised?

As you say, it risks interfering with freedom of speech which must be especially important within a political sphere. At the same time protest and criticism can be out of order. People often have genuine but extreme and unreasonable views expressed without any awareness of the fragility of moral certainty.
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Re: Intimidating elected representatives.

Postby Hairyloon » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:27 pm

dls wrote:No offence is needed. There is enough general law to protect them, and most anybody...

I know that & you know that and any lawyer worth a damn knows that, but it seems that the Former Home Secretary does not know that.
Her "Lord Charles" puppeteer got shouted at and something must be done...
Though I do hear that "Britain First" have stepped up on that score and made a general threat against anybody who dares oppose their champion.
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