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”

The beginning of the end for the Offensive Behaviour Act

15/05/16

Numerous media outlets are today highlighting the plans by the combined opposition parties in the Scottish Parliament to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.  This is, of course, no real surprise given that all parties except the SNP have been opposed to this legislation from its very inception.  Continue reading “The beginning of the end for the Offensive Behaviour Act”

Police Service of Scotland tackling hardened criminals – makes you feel safe eh?

18/04/16 

Today we have more videoed evidence of the Police Service of Scotland engaging respectfully and sensibly with young citizens……no, just kidding, what we actually have are uniformed police officers being verbally and physically aggressive to a group of very young St Johnstone fans in Kilmarnock on Saturday 9th April. Continue reading “Police Service of Scotland tackling hardened criminals – makes you feel safe eh?”

Celtic FC calls for the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour Act

02/03/16 

Once again Celtic FC have made its views on the Offensive Behaviour Act known and followed up yesterday’s appeal by 50 public figures in Scotland from across the arts, media, the law, politics and academia for the Act to be scrapped , by issuing its own statement which we reproduce below: Continue reading “Celtic FC calls for the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour Act”

Herald calls for review of the Offensive Behaviour Act

01/03/16 

In today’s editorial in which the public call by solicitors, academics and figures from the world of politics, media and culture for the scrapping of the Offensive Behaviour Act is carried (see below for the statement and list of those endorsing it), the Herald calls for the review of the Act.  We welcome this intervention and hope now that the tide is turning among the wider Scottish public against an Act which is already hated by football fans.  Below we carry the original version of an opinion piece, also in today’s Herald, by Jeanette Findlay. Continue reading “Herald calls for review of the Offensive Behaviour Act”

Leading figure from all walks of public life call for the repeal of the O B Act

01/03/16 

As reported in the Herald today, a statement calling for the repeal of the Act has been endorsed by a huge range of figures from Scottish society and beyond.  The full text of the statement and list of signatories is reproduced below:

We, the undersigned, call on the Scottish Government to repeal the Offensive Behavior at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012. Continue reading “Leading figure from all walks of public life call for the repeal of the O B Act”