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"A watershed for liberty" - Harry Miller's statement following High Court win

Nineteen Eighty-Four is not a Police Manual

"Mister Justice Knowles is very clear: We have never had a Gestapo or a Stasi in Great Britain, but the actions of Humberside Police came way too close.

“This is a watershed moment for liberty. The police were wrong to visit my workplace, wrong to check my thinking, wrong in their attempt force feed me the Stonewall - now the Labour Party - Trans rights pledge.

Humberside said they were following the Guidelines and The College of Police agreed. None of that matters. The College of Policing is a private company that issues Guidance with all the legal weight of a Delia Smith Cook Book or an Owen Jones rant. Miller versus Humberside serves as a rallying cry: Women, comedians, students... even you politicians. Rediscover what it’s like to think, then Go forth and tweet without fear.

But this judgment should have a chilling effect. On the police. If you act as Big Brother on behalf of rainbow warriors or grievance mobs, beware. Fair Cop is watching you. We stand here today between the twin dragons of liberty and law, and you stand behind a chocolate fire guard called The College of Policing Guidance. It will not shield you; you will get burned.

“Fair Cop’s advice to Chief Constables is this: Uphold the law. If you have to choose between the guidance and law. For the sake of liberty, choose law."

Full judgment and Judge's summary: Miller -v- College of Policing

Mr Justice Julian Knowles said:

The effect of the police turning up at [the Claimant’s] place of work because of his political opinions must not be underestimated. To do so would be to undervalue a cardinal democratic freedom. In this country we have never had a Cheka, a Gestapo or a Stasi. We have never lived in an Orwellian society.

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