Your submission counts!

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!”

New Hate Crime Stats out

10/06/16 SG stumbles about trying to relate them to football fans!

Below is the text of a press statement released by FAC this morning.  We have just been told that Justice Minister Michael Mathieson is taking one for the team today – obviously Annabelle Ewing is too sharp to fall for that one!  In saying that, he called his press conference at 9.30am so that the journos wouldn’t have time to study the new stats which were released at……9.30am! Continue reading “New Hate Crime Stats out”

FAC Petition to be discussed at Holyrood next Tuesday

email your MSP for support

06/01/16

A petition asking the Scottish Parliament to undertake the full and transparent review which the Government so shamefully failed to do last June will be discussed at the Petitions’ Committee on Tuesday 12th January at 10am.  We are asking all opponents of this dreadful legislation to email your constituency and list MSPs to ask them to support the aims of the petition. Continue reading “FAC Petition to be discussed at Holyrood next Tuesday”

Open letter to the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs

Earlier this month (4th June) three representatives of FAC  met with the Minister for Community Safety, Paul Wheelhouse and four advisers.    Our main purpose in requesting the meeting was to find out from him precisely how the Review of the Act required by Parliament would be conducted and in what forum we would be able to present our evidence. Continue reading “Open letter to the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs”

The Mysterious Case of the Review that never was…

We wake this morning in the knowledge that the Review, promised in the original legislation, and much awaited by those of us wishing to have our opportunity to present our detailed evidence of the fundamental flaws in the Act, is, as far as the government is concerned, done and dusted. Continue reading “The Mysterious Case of the Review that never was…”

Ministerial Statement on Offensive Behaviour Act

Following a campaign of misinformation since Friday the Minister for Community Safety, Paul Wheelhouse, will make a statement to Parliament this afternoon (Tuesday 16/6/15).  This statement, only communicated to MSPs yesterday, will probably take about 10 minutes followed by 20 minutes of questions beginning around 2.10.  Continue reading “Ministerial Statement on Offensive Behaviour Act”

Preparation for the review of the Act hots up as FAC (once again) goes to Holyrood

Representatives of FAC continued today with the latest of a series of meetings with representatives/leaders of all the main political parties in the parliament.  We have so far met with the Leader of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie and today (13/5/15) we met with the Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP and Justice Committee member Alison McInnes and the Scottish Conservative and Justice Committee member Margaret Mitchell.  In addition we had a brief informal meeting with Siobhán McMahon of Scottish Labour. Continue reading “Preparation for the review of the Act hots up as FAC (once again) goes to Holyrood”