Sunday, 16 June 2024

Free speech: A small victory for commonsense
In a small victory for commonsense, the House of Lords voted to remove the so-called offence of ‘insulting’ from Section 5 of the Public Order Act (1986). There has of late been a mushrooming of convictions against individuals commenting on twitter or facebook. Much of this revolves around someone been ‘offended’ by their comments (which would just about mean any comment anyone makes!). Whilst this part of the act hasn’t been removed the latest vote is a small chink in the armour of the PC brigade intent in creating their version of Orwellian (lack of) free speech.

Well done to the Reform 5 campaigners!

Reform Section 5 logo
Dear RS5 supporter,

Victory in the House of Lords

Good news!

Last night the House of Lords voted in favour of reforming Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.

Despite a Conservative and Labour whip, peers voted by 150 to 54 in favour of Lord Dear’s amendment to remove the word ‘insulting’ from Section 5.

This is a great victory for free speech.

Thank you for your support. Now for the House of Commons.

Click the link to view the voting list:

Simon Calvert,
Campaign Director,
Reform Section 5
Reform Section 5
83 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0HW
The Christian Institute
National Secular Society
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