hate crime

How to get a police record (without committing a crime)

24 April 2021 9:00 am

I couldn’t quite believe it when first I read the newspaper subscriber’s letter. Columnists for the Times and Spectator do…

Will the SNP finally see sense on its flawed Hate Crime Bill?

7 March 2021 5:30 pm

The saga of the SNP’s Hate Crime Bill is drawing to a conclusion. This week, Holyrood will cast a decisive vote…

The creeping criminalisation of causing offence

27 February 2021 9:00 am

At a time when resources are scarce, the Merseyside Constabulary must have thought long and hard about its recent advertising…

The unintended consequences of the Macpherson report

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Sir William Macpherson of Cluny has died. His obituaries praise him for his 1998 inquiry into the Stephen Lawrence case.…

Was what I said on Facebook really 'hate speech'?

22 November 2020 6:00 pm

Facebook has been accused of failing to combat extremism and hate-speech among its users. But as I found out this week,…

Will my kids report me for hate speech?

14 November 2020 9:00 am

When Humza Yousaf, the SNP’s cabinet secretary for justice, announced that his new Hate Crime Bill would remove the ‘dwelling…

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Jussie Smollett, reigning queen of the gaslight

17 September 2020 3:01 am

MAGA country’s most famous resident wants his C-list career back. And some of the most despicable cretins on the left…

Could possession of the Bible become an offence in Scotland?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Scotland’s new Hate Crime Bill will make criminals of comedians

We’re facing a tsunami of censorship

4 July 2020 9:00 am

It’s open season on mavericks and dissenters at the moment. If you publicly challenge any of the sacred nostrums of…

A rabbi stabbed, but no hate crime?

14 June 2020 7:39 am

A mystery has occurred. In The Affluent People’s Republic of North London, a rabbi was stabbed on the street multiple…

Hate legislation is blasphemy law by another name

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Hate legislation is blasphemy law by another name

Is hate crime really on the rise?

16 October 2019 4:28 am

The Guardian ran a story on its website today headlined: ‘Hate crimes doubled in England and Wales in five years.’…

Shouldn’t the police be chasing down theft and assault, not thought crime?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

West Yorkshire Police hit the headlines twice this week. First we learned that the fourth-largest force in England and Wales…

A joke about Welsh vowels is a hate crime, say the tuppenny panjandrums

21 April 2018 9:00 am

It took four days to actually see the pine marten in the flesh. We caught it on a trail cam…

Melissa Kite: The death of humour

20 January 2018 9:00 am

A vet has accused me of a ‘hate crime’ for making a joke about vets. On the basis that everything…


28 October 2017 9:00 am

Meeting halfway Sir: If our Brexit negotiator David Davis has not read Robert Tombs’s wonderful article ‘Lost in translation’ (21…