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Repeal of “hate crime” legislation

Comment 19th July 2010

I would like to see the Government repeal recent legislation which has established the idea of a hate crime.  As long as they do not specifically incite violence, people should be free to voice an opinion, however strong, about religion, sexuality etc.  and should be able ot do so with the full protection of the law. 

The idea that a policemen can arrest a person, and that person be charged and convicted becasue they called another peorsn a "coconut", which happened recently, has no place in British society.

We should be allowed to say what we please, when we please, to whomsoever we please.

Why does this matter?

My idea is important becasue these laws severely restrict freedom of speech, and have the smack of 1984 about them.

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