Monday, 3 December 2018

Another Visit To Hate Speech

by Les May

IN his inaugural address on 4 March 1869 US President Ulysses S. Grant said:
I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution’.

I have written two earlier pieces in which I questioned the eagerness with which some people want to want to bring about a situation where others who say or do something they do not like can be prosecuted for ‘hate crime.

Just how ludicrous this can get is best illustrated by a case reported in the Sunday Post last weekend.

Police launched an investigation after a man claimed he was the victim of hate crime when a branch of the Post Office refused to accept his Scottish bank note. … An officer was asked to investigate the claim and it was recorded for official purposes as hate crime.’

Unfortunately in a burst of common sense the police decided not to bring a case against the Post Office, so we will never know if Grant’s dictum is correct. 


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