Saturday 16 December 2017

Laws against hate? Why not just teach good manners?

Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny
Labour Minister of State Aodhan O Riordain
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

It is reported that the new junior minister for equality, new communities and culture, Aodhan O Riordain, is planning to strengthen "hate crime" legislation. The intention is to protect people with disabilities, immigrants, the Roma and traveller communities against being the objects of "hate" speech or, presumably, actions.

This is a common reflex of certain politicians. Identify something that's "offensive" - and pass a new law to prohibit it.

If something is bad, ban it! If something is transgressive, censure it! Bully people into virtuous compliance!

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