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V1303 - Freedom of Speech Bill 2017 watch

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    V1303 - Freedom of Speech Bill 2017, TSR Libertarian Party

    Freedom of Speech Bill 2017

    A Bill to amend the Public Order Act 1986 in order to protect the right to Freedom of Speech.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

    1: Amendments

    (1) Section 4 of the Public Order Act 1986 is hereby repealed.

    (2) Section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986 is hereby repealed.

    (3) Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 is hereby repealed.

    (4) Part 3 of the Public Order Act 1986 is hereby repealed.

    (5) Part 3A of the Public Order Act 1986 is hereby repealed.

    (6) Section 3 of the Football (Offences) Act 1991 is hereby repealed.

    2: Commencement, Short Title, Extent and Conditions

    (1) This bill shall come into force upon Royal Assent.

    (2) This bill may be cited as the Freedom of Speech Bill 2017.

    (3) This bill shall extend to the United Kingdom.


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    You can find the Public Order Act 1986 here and the Football (Offences) Act 1991 here.

    The case for the passing of this bill is a simple one: Freedom of Speech is the brick that preserves democracy. In societies where it is taken away or merely taken for granted, we see the rights of its citizens and way in which those societies function collapse. In our own, we are beginning to see this, as outlined in a recent letter to The Spectator:

    Those concerned over the ever-increasing limitation to free speech so aptly reported in Lionel Shriver’s recent article (‘The young oppress their future selves’, 21 October) might have their anxieties doubled having read the Crown Prosecution Service’s Public statement on prosecuting racist and religious hate crime from August this year:

    ‘We have agreed with the police a shared definition. This is wider than the legal definition [previously agreed]… to ensure that we capture all relevant cases:

    ‘Any incident/crime which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or religion or perceived race or religion … the presence of any such motivation or hostility will mean it is more likely that a prosecution is required.’

    It is difficult to believe that Parliament, when it passed the original Race Relations Act, meant freedom of speech to be curtailed in such a Draconian manner. Has the CPS exceeded its remit? Orwell must be spinning in his tomb.

    Indeed, it is the works of Orwell that have been perceived for many years as an example as to why this apprehension to what was for many years the most treasured freedom in our own society can be so damaging. Yet, it has been ignored and forgotten, and in the midst of this growing shift in opinion we can see the state slowly moving its hands towards the extra powers it can gain, just as depicted many years ago. Let us stand up against the mistakes that have been warned against, and let us be a beacon of freedom and civil liberties for the rest of the world.


    Abstaining because the proposers don't practice what they preach.

    Rakas21 Request to change vote from Aye to Nay.

    (Original post by Life_peer)
    Abstaining because the proposers don't practice what they preach.
    I’m not aware of the libertarians using government to attack your speech, freedom of speech doesn’t make you free from criticism

    (Original post by AryanGh)
    Rakas21 Request to change vote from Aye to Nay.
    That was confirmed.


    One Aye has been removed due to an invalid vote in Seat 39.
    One Aye was changed to a Nay in seat 26.


    Ayes to the Right, 9.
    Noes to the left, 20.
    Abstentions, 14.

    The Nay's have it, the Nay's have it. Unlock!
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