Today constituents of SNP MSPs began to received responses to the emails they sent asking them to vote for James Kelly’s repeal bill. The responses we have seen indicate a complete contempt for their constituents and for Scottish society in general. Every single one is based on arguments which have been put forward and rebutted several times over in the course of the past six year. They have even been reduced to quoting a discredited Scottish Government-funded womens’ organisation who lied to the Justice Committee about the nature of their evidence.
However, in order to be helpful to those receiving the letters, we will dig out all the responses we have given over the years and provide them in FAQ format on this site over the next few days.
It is a sad day when elected members have so little respect for the people they represent that they cannot be bothered to actually respond to their concerns. To send out such embarrassing drivel is disprespectful to the recipients but it also highlights the paucity of any real case for retaining the Offensive Behaviour Act. If they had any real arguments at all, they certainly wouldn’t be relying on these ones.
As we write the draft Stage 1 report from the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament is being prepared. This report which summarises the evidence provided in relation to the Repeal of the Offensive Behaviour and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 will be presented to Parliament and voted on before 26 January 2018. That vote will complete Stage 1 of the legislative process. Stage 2 relates to any amendments and Stage 3 is the final vote on the Bill itself.
It is absolutely vital that the process does not stall this month and that every MSP whose party has committed to supporting repeal (ie all opposition parties) turns up and votes to adopt the Stage 1 report (assuming that the report supports the Bill which, given the balance of evidence, it certainly should!).
For that reason, we are calling on all opponents of the Act to email their MSPs (constituency and list) to ask that they support the repeal bill at all stages. You can do this by simply emailing your MSP or, better yet, by visiting her/him at their local surgery. In order to make this easier for everyone, and given the success of past email campaigns, we have once again asked the Celtic Trust to host an automated system on their website which can be accessed here on the right hand side of the page at the button marked ‘Contact your MSP’. Please note that the email template makes no mention of the Trust or of Celtic and can be used by supporters of any club or none. We are using the Trust site for convenience as the system is already up and running on their site and it has been used successfully in the past.
It is absolutely vital that the process does not stall at this late stage and we strongly urge you to contact your MSP and to spread the word to others to do the same. We know from previous campaigns how important these emails are.
So, regardless of which party your MSP belongs to or who she/he is, please take the few minutes to contact them and make it clear how you wish them to vote.
Fans Against Criminalisation are delighted with today’s announcement of the results borne out of James Kelly’s consultation on a bill to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012. We believe that this consultation has validated not only the efforts of Mr Kelly to repeal this legislation, but our entire campaign to date. Continue reading “FAC Statement #AxeTheAct Consultation.”
It has become evident that there has been some confusion with regard to Question 1 of the consultation. The question asks if you are supportive of the proposal and this refers to the proposal to repeal the Offensive Behaviour Act. Our preferred answer to this is ‘Fully supportive’.
Some people have clearly thought it was referring to the Offensive Behaviour Act itself and have ticked ‘Fully opposed’ but then gone on to provide reasons which set out why they are, in fact, in favour of the proposal to repeal. See below.
If you have done this – or think you might have – then please email James Kelly MSP (James.Kelly.MSP@Parliament.Scot) using the email address you used when making your submission and tell him you wish to change your answer to Q1 to Fully Supportive. This is very important because they will count your submission as being in favour of the Offensive Behaviour Act if you don’t change this.
A fan who is charged under the Offensive Behaviour Act with regard to a banner has been made to pay £800 within the week to assure ‘good behaviour’ while on bail. He will forfeit the entire amount if that condition is not met – or is said not to be met by the police, we assume. Continue reading “More draconian treatment of fans in the courts”
We are now four days away from the end of the public consultation on the proposal by James Kelly MSP to repeal the Offensive Behaviour Act. We cannot emphasise enough how important this stage in the process is. Here are some tips to make the whole process easier for you. Continue reading “Your submission counts!”
As reported on the front page of the Herald today, a prominent activist within the FAC campaign and one of our public spokespersons was notified last Friday that he was being charged under the Offensive Behaviour Act.The charge relates to an allegation that he held a banner at a game more than six months ago which criticised the police.Continue reading “07/09/16 FAC activist targeted by police: “