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J K Rowling PROTESTS Scottish hate crime law - 'This will have CHILLING effects on free speech!'

Apr 06, 2024
The First Minister has backed author JK's role as he takes a stand against Scotland's new public order and

hate

crime

law which comes into force today. Yes, the Scotland-based Harry Potter author posted on X about her earlier on Twitter yesterday that she invited the police to arrest her. for her views on transgender people, that's fine, however, Rishi Sunak has backed her up saying that overnight people should not be criminalized for stating simple facts about biology, they should only be criminalized if you sleep in the street, obviously, according to him, it seems to be a major

crime

, so join us. now in the studio, to talk about

this

Spike deputy editor, we've got Fraser Myers in

this

, so old JK is very defiant in this, she also seems very confident, yeah, she's kind of put up a marker for the police because We still don't know if this

will

be a crime under the new law, the new law is completely subjective, talk about that, um, it makes it a crime, uh, inciting hatred, which can get you a potential sentence of seven years. prison if uh for violating that law, but we don't, we still

have

no idea how the police

will

interpret that and what's very scary is that based on the guidance that the police

have

received so far, it could include people. in public performances it could include comedians it could very explicitly include writers uh no, it's not just JK Rowling but Nichola Sturgeon's best friend Val Mcdermid.
j k rowling protests scottish hate crime law   this will have chilling effects on free speech
The author has said that she is concerned that some of the characters in her novels may fall under this law and may uh attract the attention of the police what appears to be the truth is that the Scottish First Minister, Mr. Ham Yusf, and therefore He may seem like a very angry man, he's always angry about something, but basically the police would want to implement this law because they already have enough. do but it will be a selective law if you want to target someone if you want to lock them up for something you have a reason not to do it that is precisely the problem with such a subjective law that it will be what you expect it to be people who are seen as, um, ya you know, not politically favorable to the regime.
j k rowling protests scottish hate crime law   this will have chilling effects on free speech

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I guess you know, which is quite worrying and you're right about the ham. YF, it's actually his law, he introduced it when he was Minister of Justice and now he's overseeing it as Prime Minister. Minister, and you know that many people have said that he presents himself as someone who is filled with a bit of

hate

. He certainly he is angry. He had never seen someone so young and so prominent. He's spitting out every word. You know he has. has more of a grudge on his shoulder I would say I think I think that's true I think there's also, you know, people have started, they've warned people not to make vexatious complaints about this law, but it's very difficult to know what It is a vexatious complaint. because it's completely subjective um and the police have said you know they will record anything that people feel is hateful yeah so even they are aware and recognize that this is completely a matter of perception.
j k rowling protests scottish hate crime law   this will have chilling effects on free speech
Well, I'll tell you what we're going to record. uh, anything that you feel is hateful, anything that expresses your views on this, whether you're for this and you think yes, it's absolutely necessary or whether you're against this and you think we don't have time for this. There are more important things that JK rules, she is saying arrest me, uh, that's her challenge, she challenges the police over this new Scottish hate crime law. The police are only told what to do by politicians, so let us know if you're a Scot, you know how to listen. to our voices, it doesn't affect us, but it does affect you and let us know what you think GB sees on GB news.com.
j k rowling protests scottish hate crime law   this will have chilling effects on free speech
I mean this has been heavily criticized by the UK government, don't you have a source saying that the Scottish National party was taking Scotland down a very dangerous path, potentially

chilling

effects

on

free

dom of

speech

, what do you think of that? Yes, I think this will absolutely have

chilling

effects

on

free

dom of

speech

, precisely because people in Scotland now don't know what it is. It's illegal to say uh, you know, we don't know, um, at the Edinburgh festival, for example, that comes up. Should you be mocked for Islam? Will you be allowed to make jokes about untested transgender issues that don't prove a firm old game between Celtic and Rangers and the sectarian abuse that comes from both ends.
Are they going to go into that crowd of 60 or 70,000 people and make arrests that day? I would doubt it, well, there have already been attempts to criminalize these types of sectarians. uh, singing, there was the offensive behavior of the football law that had to be repealed because it was considered too authoritarian. An appalling track record in crafting these insanely authoritarian laws. Fortunately, many of them end up in the trash and we can expect the same to happen with this hate crimes law. I think the irony is that you know, the SNP talks about that. independence for Scotland says he's proud of Scotland but it's actually the number one public academy for the snv is the Scottish people because they think they're all hateful bigots and they must be, you know, they're just a moment away from committing a hate crime, they need to be told what they can and can't say, what they can and can't eat and drink, and things like that, how they can raise their children.
So it seems to me that it is also a kind of classist and elitist attack on the public, as well as authoritarian Peter Satchel, the human rights activist for whom the legislation has been criticized for several things, but one of them is the denunciation of third parties because if the people don't feel comfortable reporting it to the police, they can go to other places there are 400 where you can register a complaint, including a sex shop, a mushroom farm and a caravan park, what is that about? Yes, this is the idea that, you know, if you are part of a marginalized group, you may not have a good relationship with the police, but you know the problem is that if you allow anonymous complaints, anonymous whistleblowers, surely that will only encourage even more vexatious complaints and the police have an obligation under this law, unlike other crimes.
It is interesting that you know that the Scottish police are speaking. about maybe they don't come to every robbery, maybe they don't come to every robbery, but under the provisions of the hate crimes law, they have to investigate every report, it's funny how they can make something mandatory if they want to . exactly right, it shows the um priorities of the S&P, so the theft of your car may or may not have you coming forward and investigating, but are you saying something bad and potentially also? What's also shocking about this law is that you could be arrested for things you say in your own home, so previous hate speech laws in the UK had a housing defence, you know, because obviously the idea of That you can stir up hate in your own home is ridiculous, but under this new law, would you think about that? dinner conversations kids kids reporting their parents Grandma says something spicy at Christmas she's in trouble yeah what's up with JK's ruling?
Will she get in trouble for this? How do you see it? um. Rapture. whether you agree with her or not about putting your head above the parapets and having an opinion on this, yes, I think it's an incredibly brave move, I think it will be, I think if she gets arrested, I think that will expose the madness and disorder. of the law, I think you know, then public opinion will turn completely against it, you know, the worrying thing is that Police Scotland have held events in the run-up to this bill where they used someone, a fictional version of someone who is obviously obvious, J.K.
Rowling. and they were talking about um, is this person a hate criminal? Someone who you know disagrees with what biological sex is or you know who talks a lot about biological sex and has a lot of followers is named Joanne, which happens or Joe, sorry, which happens to be Joe's. real name so you know that there are police officers who I think are probably preparing to arrest her, which is quite worrying. They know that would be a public relations disaster, of course, but many S&P politicians have said she hasn't lived up to the letter. of the law look if you're watching us uh listening to us in Scotland this morning uh we want to hear from you get in touch uh just uh GB views GB news.com

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