Repeal of “hate crime” legislation

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 is this idea important?

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.

Review the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

Review and revise the HFEA to end research on embryonic stem cells, which has produced NO feasible treatments for any diseases. Re-focus the money on adult and umbilical cord stem cell research, which has already produced promising treatments for leukemia, Crohn's Disease, heart disease, with other treatments in the pipeline.

I'm not suggesting the government has to say that an embryo has a complete set of human rights, but the government must at least acknowledge that there are many people, both religious people, medical ethicists and philosophers, who are deeply uncomfortable with the idea that an embryo is created with the specific purpose of being destroyed in research.

Proposed European legislation to change the rules on medical testing may make embryonic testing even more common, and it is necessary that we legislate now to prevent this further attack on the integrity of human life at its' origin.

Why is this idea important?

Review and revise the HFEA to end research on embryonic stem cells, which has produced NO feasible treatments for any diseases. Re-focus the money on adult and umbilical cord stem cell research, which has already produced promising treatments for leukemia, Crohn's Disease, heart disease, with other treatments in the pipeline.

I'm not suggesting the government has to say that an embryo has a complete set of human rights, but the government must at least acknowledge that there are many people, both religious people, medical ethicists and philosophers, who are deeply uncomfortable with the idea that an embryo is created with the specific purpose of being destroyed in research.

Proposed European legislation to change the rules on medical testing may make embryonic testing even more common, and it is necessary that we legislate now to prevent this further attack on the integrity of human life at its' origin.

Lets have a referendum on the Death Penalty.

I understand that this subject invokes a great deal of emotion in people, and that most of us will have particularly strong views either way. That said, I have always believed that a referendum has been consistently blocked by the Government because the outcome will be a resounding, "Yes, bring it back!!" A public debate on this issue followed by a referendum is really the only way that this matter can be resolved.

I have never understood why we allow certain criminals to live. The lockerbie bomber for example. He killed  243 passengers and 16 crew members. Allowing individuals like this to live is a national disgrace nevermind letting him go!). When we have cases of parents allowing their children to starve to death only to receive a 7 year sentence then something needs to be done. What kind of country have we become? There is little point in going through every reason as to why we should bring it back, that's the whole point of a public debate followed by a referendum.

Why is this idea important?

I understand that this subject invokes a great deal of emotion in people, and that most of us will have particularly strong views either way. That said, I have always believed that a referendum has been consistently blocked by the Government because the outcome will be a resounding, "Yes, bring it back!!" A public debate on this issue followed by a referendum is really the only way that this matter can be resolved.

I have never understood why we allow certain criminals to live. The lockerbie bomber for example. He killed  243 passengers and 16 crew members. Allowing individuals like this to live is a national disgrace nevermind letting him go!). When we have cases of parents allowing their children to starve to death only to receive a 7 year sentence then something needs to be done. What kind of country have we become? There is little point in going through every reason as to why we should bring it back, that's the whole point of a public debate followed by a referendum.

Give all an opportunity to be offended

Why have we allowed the potential offence of a group of individuals stop us from expressing ourselves ? There will always be groups or individuals who take offence at anything that is said, therefore the political correctness that drives so much of what people like teachers, doctors say is pointless.  

Why is this idea important?

Why have we allowed the potential offence of a group of individuals stop us from expressing ourselves ? There will always be groups or individuals who take offence at anything that is said, therefore the political correctness that drives so much of what people like teachers, doctors say is pointless.  

Allow Complete Freedom to Verbally Express Opinions and Ideas

Anyone should be allowed to write, speak, and publish (through whatever means or media) their opinions and ideas.  For example, if a person thinks the Earth is flat, that person should have every right to express and publish such a notion, even if it offends someone.  Furthermore, even if a person has an idea or opinion that seems "dangerous" or "could incite hatred", that person should have every unabridged right to publish, disseminate, discuss, and proclaim that idea.  This freedom would not extend to allowing death threats or harrassment or extortion.

Until we can proclaim what we think, we will never be free in this nation or anywhere else!

Think about citizens of USA–they can quite freely express, publish, discuss, and share opinions and ideas, even if such material is bogus or hateful or scary to some people.

Why is this idea important?

Anyone should be allowed to write, speak, and publish (through whatever means or media) their opinions and ideas.  For example, if a person thinks the Earth is flat, that person should have every right to express and publish such a notion, even if it offends someone.  Furthermore, even if a person has an idea or opinion that seems "dangerous" or "could incite hatred", that person should have every unabridged right to publish, disseminate, discuss, and proclaim that idea.  This freedom would not extend to allowing death threats or harrassment or extortion.

Until we can proclaim what we think, we will never be free in this nation or anywhere else!

Think about citizens of USA–they can quite freely express, publish, discuss, and share opinions and ideas, even if such material is bogus or hateful or scary to some people.