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”
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…”
There is only a very short time now to ensure that the review of the Offensive Behaviour Act delivers the correct outcome ie repeal of the Act. The review has to be before Parliament by August and given the recess period that might mean June. FAC has asked for meetings with representatives of all parties and one of these has already taken place, with Patrick Harvie, of the Scottish Greens. Continue reading “Now is the time, now is the hour!”
Coming to a Scottish Parliament near you soon!
When the Offensive Behaviour Act was voted on to the statute books you will recall that the SNP government, having said that they ‘wanted consensus’ were humiliatingly left to force through the Act using their 7 vote majority. They could not convince a single other member of the Scottish Parliament to vote with them. However, the opponents of the Act were able to get a review clause built in which meant that the Act must be reviewed within two year of operation. Continue reading “A 'review' of the Offensive Behaviour Act”