It’s time to end the Hate Crime Bill saga – Press & Journal

It’s hard to think of a policy proposal in recent years that has been met with more criticism than the Hate Crime Bill. In the last four months a huge number of organisations including the Scottish Police Federation, the Faculty of Advocates, the Law Society of Scotland, the National Secular Society, and the Roman Catholic Church have expressedContinue reading “It’s time to end the Hate Crime Bill saga – Press & Journal”

Scotland’s brand new blasphemy law – The Critic

There is mounting concern these days about the erosion of free speech, a fundamental right in democratic societies. In the UK and abroad, we’ve witnessed the advent of so-called ‘cancel culture’, a chilling spectacle where individuals who express opinions outside of a narrow political orthodoxy are savagely attacked online and rendered cultural outcasts. Habitually weContinue reading “Scotland’s brand new blasphemy law – The Critic”

Free to Disagree

In 2020, Jamie took forward the Free to Disagree campaign, bringing together a broad coalition of groups and individuals to oppose the Scottish Government’s Hate Crime and Public Order Bill. Alongside other critics, the campaign succeeded in winning significant amendments to the hate crime bill including the removal of vague provisions on ‘inflammatory material’ and theaterContinue reading “Free to Disagree”