I recently found an article that claims 55,000 British people were convicted of hate crimes in 2011, but that seems to be an error. Rather, it appears that 55,000 people had been convicted by 2011, with that number increasing to around 68,000 by 2012. Nevertheless, this was shocking to me. That’s a whole lot of people, but according to the Crown Prosecution Service, it isn’t nearly enough, because hate crimes are “underreported” (evidently, the correct number of prosecutions should be on the order of a quarter million per annum). Measures to increase prosecution include, among others, distributing hate crime action material to teachers so that they can identify child hate criminals in their classes and advice to prosecutors on how to best proceed against mentally ill or retarded hate criminals.
In the vast majority of these cases, no harm was done to person or property, although it appears that a great crime against liberty has been committed by the CPS.
Here is an alarming case study, in which secret witnesses (who also had an axe to grind) were used to determine whether a religious publisher had broken the law:
This year saw the first successful prosecution of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. A jury at Derby Crown Court convicted three men in January 2012 of going beyond the legitimate promotion of religious values because they intentionally set about stirring up hate on the grounds of sexual orientation by producing and distributing a leaflet which was threatening.
The prosecution made use of lay witnesses, from the gay community who received the leaflet and gave evidence about the effect of its receipt and the fact that they were threatened by its content. Special measures (screens) were applied for in respect of the lay witnesses and, due to the level of press interest, a press direction was obtained so that the names and addresses of witnesses could not be published.
The law says: “for the avoidance of doubt, the discussion or criticism of sexual conduct or practices, or the urging of people to refrain from or modify such conduct or practices shall not be taken of itself to be threatening or intended to stir up hatred.” This is the freedom of expression defence which means if a juror concludes the document may amount to no more than criticism of homosexuality and/or urging people to refrain from homosexual activity, then it would not be threatening.
The judge in passing sentence said: “Our population is made up of people of all colours, creeds and cultures. For the vast majority of the time, the vast majority of us get along together very well and the greatest freedom that we all enjoy is to live in peace and without fear.
The law has evolved and adapted to protect that freedom. In particular, laws have been passed to prevent written material being distributed which is intended to stir up hatred. This has proved necessary because a small minority of our broad community sometimes seeks to stir up hatred against their fellow citizens merely because those fellow citizens are perceived to be different in some way.”
What really puzzles me here is that this level of censorship and repression is what one might expect during wartime, but Britain is not involved in a major war. Or is she? Perhaps the war is against her own people. Those accused of “stirring up hatred” are to be referred to Britain’s Counter Terrorism Division, which determines the fate of citizens who are alleged to have used unlawful speech.
In case you were wondering, the overwhelming majority of people turned over to authorities are indigenous Britons:
The majority of defendants across all hate crime strands were men (82.9%).
73.9% of defendants were identified as belonging to the White British category.
54.2% of defendants were aged between 25-59 and 28.9% between 18-24.
10-17 year olds involvement as defendants continues to decline from 23.1% in 2007/08 to 14.1% last year.
I don’t know how anyone can include Britain in the “free world” with a straight face any longer. The term is a sad anachronism; today just about all that separates CPS from the Cheka is the troikas used for summary executions back in the 1930s. Let’s hope it doesn’t go there.