Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ministry of Sticks and Stones

Make no bones about it, the UK government is an ass;

The crime of "insulting" someone through words or behaviour, which once led to the arrest of a student for asking a police officer whether his horse was gay, is to be dropped.
Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed to MPs that the government would not seek to overturn a [House of] Lords amendment scrapping the ban.
The director of public prosecutions has said it will not hinder his work.
But Labour warned that it could remove protections for minority groups.Section 5 of the 1986 Public Order Act currently means that "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour" might be deemed a criminal offence.

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