Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 1 April 2024

Britain had a First Amendment to Protect us From Such Horrors as Scotland’s Hate Crime Act. But we Abandoned it in 1965

This is the text of a speech I gave on March 23rd 2024 at the Freedom Festival, an annual event organised by the Margaret Thatcher Centre at the University of Buckingham.

I wanted to begin by drawing your attention to the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act, which has been in the news recently.

This Bill received Royal Assent in 2021, but only comes into force on April 1st of this year.

The Bill updates the list of characteristics protected under hate crime legislation – disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity and variations in sex characteristics – and proposes the addition of ‘age’ to that list. That is to say, if a person commits a criminal offence in Scotland, and demonstrated malice, or was motivated by malice and ill-will, towards the victim based on one of these characteristic (or characteristics) – disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity and variations in sex characteristics and now age – the court must take that ‘aggravator’ into account during sentencing.

More significantly, the Bill also extends the scope of the ‘stirring up hatred’ offences whereby it is not only a criminal offence to stir up hatred against a person or group of persons because of their race – which was already the case in Scotland – but also because of their possession of one or more of the protected characteristics on the extended list.

Finally, the Bill also scraps the ‘dwelling defence’ whereby you couldn’t be prosecuted for stirring up hatred if the alleged offence took place in a private dwelling, e.g. your own home. From April 1st, if you say something hateful about a person or group of persons with one or more of the protected characteristics to your son or daughter or spouse in your kitchen, you can be prosecuted, which raises the spectre of children being summoned to court to testify against their own parents. Although, they may be happy to do that since, in all likelihood, they will be the ones who submitted a police complaint about their father or mother‘s ‘hate speech’ in the first place.

Should you wish to report a ‘hate crime’, you won’t have to go to a police station or call the police. Police Scotland have created 411 ‘third party reporting centres’ where ‘hate crimes’ can be reported — anonymously if you prefer – a ‘safe space’ in which to snitch on your neighbours.

Most are in community buildings such as council offices, libraries and housing associations, but one, notoriously, is in an LGBT sex shop in Glasgow called Luke & Jack.

The good people of Glasgow can now buy a black leather ball gag and report a hate crime at the same time.

Will ‘misgendering’ trans people on X be an offence under the new law? Yes, according to Rajan Barot, a former prosecutor, who advised J.K. Rowling to “start deleting” her recent tweets about a trans activist since they would “most likely contravene the new law”. Needless to say, she remains defiant.

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