The British Twitter Stasi

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 it took with it the East German State security force known as the ‘Stasi’. At the time of its demise, the Stasi employed 91,015 people and relied on 173,081 informants. This works out as one secret police officer for every 166 East Germans, making the Gestapo look like lazy amateurs with their trifling one per 2,000. The Stasi were dangerous because of their embrace of ‘Zersetzung’  (‘decomposition’ or ‘biodegradation’). The aim of ‘Zersetzung’ was to destroy the psychological integrity of an individual, by gathering information to damage their reputation and their personal relationships.

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Stirring up divisions in private homes ‘could become hate crime’

Hate speech in private homes could become a crime, according to reports. The Law Commission, an independent body that reviews England Wales’ law and recommends reforms, has argued that the ‘private dwelling’ defence, which stops people being convicted of stirring up division because their actions were in private places, should be removed from the Public Order Act.

Harry Miller, former police officer and co-founder of anti-hate-crime laws organisation and pro-freedom of speech advocates Fair Cop, said the Law Commission’s recommendation ‘is a direct threat to the sanctity of the family home.’

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UK lawyers uneasy about plan to prosecute hate speech at home

Proposals to prosecute individuals for hate crimes based on what they discuss in their own homes need to be more widely debated, free speech organisations have said.

The suggestion to remove the “dwelling” privacy exemption from criminal legislation is buried in a few paragraphs of the Law Commission’s 544-page consultation on hate crime published in September.

The proposal was spotted by the organisation Fair Cop, which campaigns against what it says is misuse of legislation to curb free speech. Sarah Phillimore, a barrister and member of the organisation, said it would encourage “state surveillance or people to inform on their friends. How else would they get the evidence? It will be like the East German Stasi security service.”

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DINNER CRIME Talking about race, religion or sex over dinner table at home could become a HATE CRIME

TALKING about race, religion or sex over the dinner table at home could soon become a HATE crime, says a report.

The Law Commission claims the offence of “stirring up” division should be extended into private homes.

According to the Daily Mail, the Commission has drawn up a 500-page consultation report which will be presented to ministers next year.

Harry Miller, a businessman, former policeman and founder of Fair Cop, which opposes hate crime rules, told the Mail: “If the private home law is adopted by Government, a comment over the dinner table about a huge range of people could lead to a prison sentence.”

 

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Lawyers call for ministers to consider making hate speech illegal at dinner table

Lawyers are calling on the Government to consider making hate speech illegal at the dinner table.

The Law Commission has proposed that the crime of stirring up hatred on the grounds of race, religion or sexual orientation should be extended to private homes.

A 500-page consultation report on reforming hate crime laws will be handed to ministers next year.

However, opponents of the rules branded the move ‘neo-Marxist’ and fear it could land people in jail for making a comment at the dinner table.

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Could heated talk over the dinner table become a HATE CRIME?

Lawyers call for offence to be extended to private dwellings – meaning conversations at home could spark police probes and prison sentences

  • Law Commission says offence of stirring division could extend to private homes
  • Dinner table conversations could lead to police probes and potential prison
  • The proposal from the commission comes in a 500-page consultation report
  • Free speech campaigners and MPs have called the move a mistake

Harry Miller, a businessman, former policeman and founder of Fair Cop, which opposes hate crime rules, said: ‘If the private home law is adopted by Government, a comment over the dinner table about a huge range of people could lead to a prison sentence.

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The rise and fall of Stonewall

In the 31 years since Stonewall, the UK’s largest LGBT charity, was founded, it has led the charge on many campaigns for equality. It has fought for parity in the age of consent; for the right of same-sex couples to adopt; for civil partnerships; and for same-sex marriage. In many ways, it is thanks in large part to Stonewall’s efforts that it is now far more socially acceptable to be a homosexual than it is to be a homophobe.

How things have changed. Today, many lesbian, gay and bisexual people feel bitterly let down by the charity they once trusted. Stonewall stands accused of campaigning against women’s rights as defined in the Equality Act, and of bullying those with whom it disagrees out of jobs.

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Beware the rise of the trans-aware cops

Why are the police producing animated films about non-binary fruits?

In a media request to a British police force, I found myself typing the words ‘is the tomato character supposed to be non-binary?’. Reporting from the front line of the culture wars has brought me into the orbit of some bizarre campaigns and characters; from gender-fluid bankers to adult babies who demand the right to wear nappies to work. But asking for clarification from Devon and Cornwall Police about the supposed gender identity of a fictional tomato was a new low in what seems to be a battle against common sense.

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