Bismarck famously compared laws to sausages: it is better, he said, not to see either being made. But this doesn’t mean that policy making should be conducted behind closed doors. If we’re asked to swallow new legislation, we must be able to examine the ingredients and question the manufacturing process.
Good laws are the result of engagement and discussion with experts; they are based on rigorous, peer-reviewed evidence. Conversely, dodgy statistics and appeals to emotion combined with playground name-calling is a recipe for bad legislation.
Wednesday 10th June
Dear Mr Starmer,
We write to you as members of the organisation ‘Fair Cop’. We are a group of lawyers, former and serving police officers and other professionals who are dedicated to upholding Articles 8 through 11 of the ECHR. Sadly, some of our members have to remain anonymous due to the potential negative impact of public engagement in certain debates, but you may be aware of our Founder Harry Miller, who recently won a Judicial Review against Humberside Police. Mr Miller’s case against the College of Policing has been ‘leapfrogged’ to the Supreme Court, such is the importance and significance of the arguments he raises about protected political speech and the police Hate Crimes Operational Guidance.
by a Gender Critical woman
Providers of workplace transgender “training” rely on employees’ silence and complicity to spout their unscientific nonsense unchecked. And with so many people losing their jobs after pressure from trans activist groups — including the training providers themselves — it’s no wonder so few people feel they can speak up. But our guest writer not only stood up to the transcult bullies who tried to get her fired: she won.
Fair Cop and Safe Schools Alliance UK are delighted to host their first webinar on Tuesday 26 May from 7 pm to 8 pm BST.
There are some really hopeful signs that the tide is turning against an ideology that denies the existence of biological sex. The most recent and exciting developments have been the challenges to guidance produced for schools – the threat of judicial review by two teenage girls has resulted in two sets of Stonewall influenced guidance being withdrawn pending ‘review’. But it’s clear that we can’t be complacent and there is work still to be done. What are the next steps?
Press Release: 16th May 2020
Teenage girl threatens Judicial Review if the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) do not withdraw from the Stonewall Champions Programme
No one should take Pink News seriously. But when it bullies people with baseless and defamatory allegations, Fair Cop cannot stay silent.
It’s easy to mock Pink News but it’s dangerous to dismiss it. This is a blog with well over six million monthly unique visitors, so what it lacks in intellectual clout it more than makes up for in readership.
So when PN turns its guns — and its followers — against a blameless individual, it’s not enough to sit back and treat it with our usual mixture of wry amusement, pity and contempt.
Guidance threatened to criminalise children for asserting their rights to dignity, privacy and safety
Thursday 30th April
Police LGBT+ guidance for schools has been withdrawn after a 14-year-old girl brought a legal action against its authors.
Fair Cop considers the proposed new Scottish criminal offence of ‘stirring up hatred’ and how this can be reconciled with freedom of speech and the judgment in Miller v College of Policing
On April 24th, Humza Yousaf, an SNP politician and Cabinet Secretary for Justice, published the Scottish Government’s new Hate Crime Bill.
This emerged after Lord Bracadale was asked to review the state of Scotland’s hate crime law. He reported in May 2018, noting that the current law was a mess, scattered over a variety of different bits of legislation and treating different characteristics in different ways.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a non-departmental public body, established by the Equality Act of 2006, taking over from the Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Disability Rights Commission. It is responsible for the promotion and enforcement of laws preventing discrimination and has a general duty to foster mutual respect between communities. There are nine protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010 – age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. The EHRC has asked government departments collecting statistics to do so with reference to each.
Fair Cop asks why the police appear to favour LGBT above other marginalised groups.
The Police have been vocal and visible in their support of the LGBT community. But same-sex attraction and ‘transgender’ are only two of the monitored hate crime strands. People can also be victims of a hate crime based on their race, religion and disability.
Hate crime is a serious issue, but why do police forces spend so much of their overstretched resources supporting and promoting LGBT+ organisations — including trans lobby groups — while paying scant attention to other protected groups?
In Fair Cop’s latest letter to chief constables Sarah Phillimore, who is herself disabled, asks why police forces treat some ‘strands’ as more equal than others; and she officially enquires how much time and money they devote to each protected group.
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