Yesterday, Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, announced updated and expanded “guidelines” on how the Crown Prosecution Service will deal with so-called “hate crime”. These new guidelines have been heavily criticized as, in effect, creating new and tyrannical law, despite the fact that the guidelines are neither primary nor secondary legislation.
In this blog post, I examine only those aspects of relevance to socio-political tweeting etc, meaning in practice those with a racial or religious element.
Part of the concern around the guidelines revolves around Alison Saunders herself. Many regard her as a sinister though incompetent figure, a “graduate” (member) of the pervasive and infiltrative organization (some say “cult”) called Common Purpose. In 2013, when Alison Saunders was CPS chief for the London area, a Freedom of Information request was made as to her connection with Common Purpose. At first, the reply was affirmative, but that was then altered to negative:
The answer is relevant to the new CPS guidelines because the motto of Common Purpose is “Leading Beyond Authority”. In other words, the citizens of the UK cannot rely any more on law or decent public administration, because organizations such as the CPS, full of “CP” “graduates”, will, it is suspected, manipulate the regulations etc in order to achieve a desired (by them) result.
Definition of “Hate Crime”
It is vital to note that there is no statutory (or accepted Common Law) definition of “hate crime”:
“A hate crime law is a law intended to deter bias-motivated violence. Hate crime laws are distinct from laws against hate speech: hate crime laws enhance the penalties associated with conduct which is already criminal under other laws.” [Wikipedia]
Wikipedia continues: “For England, Wales, and Scotland, the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 makes hateful behaviour towards a victim based on the victim’s membership (or presumed membership) in a racial group or a religious group an aggravation in sentencing for specified crimes.”
In other words, there must first be a crime as designated by law and only then can that alleged crime (if one of those “specified”, i.e. assault, criminal damage, offences under the Public Order Act 1986, and offences under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997) be treated by the police and CPS as a “hate crime.” The new guidelines reflect that existing position:
“The police and the CPS have agreed the following definition for identifying and flagging hate crimes:
“Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on a person’s disability or perceived disability; race or perceived race; or religion or perceived religion; or sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation or a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.”
“There is no legal definition of hostility so we use the everyday understanding of the word which includes ill-will, spite, contempt, prejudice, unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment and dislike.”
It will be noted that there must first be a criminal offence. If there is not, then it matters not at all how “unfriendly”, “prejudiced” etc is the alleged perpetrator.
Further, sections 145 and 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 require a court to consider whether any crime which is not specified by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 is “racially or religiously aggravated.”
Incredibly, while the police and/or CPS will “flag” a case as a “hate crime”, “it is not CPS policy to remove a flag in the absence of sufficient evidence to support a sentence uplift. This in part reflects the commitment to treat hate crime seriously and to support the victim’s perception and also to encourage community confidence in reporting all such offending.”
So a crime which is “flagged” at first as a “hate crime” but for which flagging there is eventually no evidence, will still be treated, in Court, as a “hate crime”, resulting (on conviction) in a far more severe sentence. How can this be regarded as in any way just?
The guidelines now continue:
“If the case passes the evidential stage and it is a case of racial or religious hate crime, or it is motivated by discrimination against the victim’s ethnic or national origin, or religion or belief, it is more likely that a prosecution is required in the public interest.”
This is a hardening of the position taken in the earlier CPS guidance and may mean an increase in the number of prosecutions. However, there is still a requirement for a substantive crime to have been committed and there is still a requirement for sufficient evidence to support prosecution. New crimes have not been created, but the danger is that zealous CPS and –especially– police persons will get the bit between their teeth and start to ignore the basics in their quest to hunt the witches. Anyone who has read the outpourings of the UK police forces online recently will not be reassured as to their objectivity in this respect. There is an unthinking “me-too” political correctness abroad, one which seems impervious to logic, argument, reason or plain commonsense.
Other Aspects Relevant to a Charge
The CPS legal guidance for its staff can be found here:
The full details can be found via the above link but one key element is that there must be one or more identifiable “victims” of the “crime”. In other words, if there is no identifiable victim, then the matter falls in respect of the “hostility” required under the relevant statutes.
How the CPS regards freedom of expression
“In deciding upon the public interest of charging these offences it is essential that prosecutors keep in mind that in a free, democratic and tolerant society people are able to robustly exchange views, even when these may cause offence. However, the rights of the individual to freedom of expression must be balanced against the duty of the state to act proportionately in the interests of public safety, to prevent disorder and crime, and to protect the rights of others.”
It is noteworthy that the body of the new guidance neither mentions nor lists the Communications Act 2003, s.127 as among the statutes utilized in the prosecution of “hate crime”. However, under the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, ss.145 and 146 (see hereinabove), anyone sentenced for having posted a “grossly offensive” tweet (etc) under the 2003 Act can receive a sentence uplift if the offending tweeting (etc) had a “hate crime” element (the maximum sentence being 6 months’ imprisonment, though the usual sentence is non-custodial).
One cannot analyze these matters without noting that the Zionist special-interest lobby is likely to try to pursue its political ends by abusing the new guidelines. Readers are referred to my own experience of January 2017:
Advice for Social Nationalists
I advise a defensive approach. Malicious persons, notably Zionists, try to make provocations by saying offensive things online, eg on Twitter, then (if the interlocutor replies in similar vein), reporting to Twitter, Facebook etc and even to the police. I have found that the easiest way to deal with such nuisances (in the short or medium term) is to block them (on Twitter), which tends to avoid conversations and disputes. It also means that it is much harder for the Zionists to report a tweeter to Twitter. I myself have seen, in the past few years, several Zionists lamenting that “he blocks us, so we cannot [make false accusations].” Yes, it means that the individual tweeter cannot answer back to the lying allegations the Zionists often make, but the solution is simple: just do not care what they may write about you! I don’t…
In other words, just try to avoid having any conversations with malicious Zionists or other nuisances online. Make it hard or impossible for them to make false or malicious reports to Twitter (etc) or the police.
In respect of tweets not specifically addressed to anyone, it is more difficult for those wishing to destroy freedom of expression to report them to Twitter or (a fortiori) to the police, so long as there is no evidence of direct incitement within the meaning of the relevant (1988) Act.
In extreme cases, just protect your tweets. You can also pre-block any obvious Zionists on Twitter (and most of them are indeed very obvious…).
The ultimate and longer-term protection for social nationalists lies in future relocation to “safe zones”, as I suggest on my website: http://ianrmillard.com/social-national-communities, which will then limit the powers of the wider State.
In essence, the new social media guidelines are indeed another nail in the coffin of free speech in the UK, but are unlikely to stop socio-political comment online– which is why the conspiracy –and behind Alison Saunders stand Theresa May, Amber Rudd, secret groups, the whole #NWO and #ZOG farrago– is trying to get the big online platforms signed up to repression.
In the end, the net result of this latest silliness is likely to be a tsunami of pointless and/or malicious complaints to the police.
Update, 29 April 2019
Since I wrote the above blog post, Alison Chabloz has been convicted under Communications Act 2003, s.127, and is appealing (at time of writing, to the Divisional Court). However, the “guidelines” which are the subject of the article above do not seem to have had much practical effect in terms of changing prosecution or sentencing policy.
Update, 21 November 2019
Update, 17 January 2021
Much water under the bridge in relation to the Alison Chabloz case(s). To find out more, please use the search function on this blog.
In relation to repression of free speech generally, and as I predicted in the main article above, the ZOG strategy has been, not so much a tightening of laws criminalizing individual free speech, but a campaign of getting the major plaforms of social media to police free speech without any law having to be passed.
Thus we see that Twitter, Facebook, Google etc are simply expelling socio-political dissidents, and so removing both their inherent citizen-rights to free expression and (in the case of the prominent few) their online incomes. We have seen such as Tommy Robinson, Katie Hopkins, David Icke, David Duke etc removed or largely removed from online platforms, the same also happening to less prominent people.
12 thoughts on “The New UK Crown Prosecution Service Guidelines on “Hate Crime”: Thoughts and Suggestions”
I agree with you about tactics. It’s tempting to go on the offensive and involve the police in the ‘anti-white’ hate of our enemies, but all that will serve to do is legitimise these statutes and the authorities will not take seriously complaints from Nationalists (though they will often make a pretence of doing so).
I note that the ‘aggravated’ element still has to be proven to the criminal standard at sentencing (with a Newton hearing for the purpose, if necessary), so thankfully it’s not just a matter of the CPS declaring it to be a hate crime. A convicted individual can challenge the inference and the judge makes a decision only after hearing both sides.
[quote]”It will be noted that there must first be a criminal offence. If there is not, then it matters not at all how “unfriendly”, “prejudiced” etc is the alleged perpetrator.”[unquote]
We are almost at the point (if not there already) where perceived unfriendliness is a crime, de facto if not per se.
As you rightly say, it is for the CPS to make application for the matter to be sentenced as a “hate crime” and not any old crime. On the other hand, the CJA 2003 does lay a duty on the Court anyway, at least in respect of offences not on the “specified” list.
I agree with your final comment too. While a fig leaf of legality is left, the fact is that the UK is pretty close now to criminalizing opinion and even demanding proof of a citizen’s adherence to “multicultural” “diversity”– and the Gadarene swine in the police force and the world of supposed “journalism” are already, 95% of them anyway, signed up to the whole load of Scheiss and are all but begging to be censored…
One of the main lines of defence against this is private property. The basic modus operandi of police at all levels (from Special Branch/CT down to the local response officer) is a house-call. A lot of arrests of Nationalists and searches of their homes are happening because they allow the police in when they come calling. This is normally a mistake.
You can refuse to let the police in your house if they are simply making inquiries. Legally they often don’t have a leg to stand on in such situations. Instead, they’ll just say something vague like: ‘We just want to speak with you’, in an effort to get you to open the door. At that, you can tell them: “This is private property, please leave.” They have to go at that point. Same if they stop you in the street – generally-speaking, if they don’t have reasonable suspicion or a warrant, you can just walk on and ignore them.
If people just refuse to co-operate (as well as remain silent, obviously), the police would have a much harder job collecting the evidence they need.
While there is some truth in that, in theory, in practical terms a refusal to speak to a patrol officer in the street might well lead to a charge of obstructing a PC or arrest “on suspicion of” something or other.
Likewise, in my own case in January of this year, I was “asked” (on the telephone) to travel to a police station in Essex (about 150 miles away). I asked what would happen if I did not “voluntarily” attend and the implication (not spelled out) was that I might have to attend involuntarily, i.e. under arrest pursuant to a warrant, presumably . True, I could have waited to be arrested and then later not given an interview and the police would then have had to release me after 24 hours, but I think that, on balance, I chose the better course. The interview was, however, 95% “no comment”.
Yes, but what you outline there is a different situation.
What I’m referring to – primarily – is the situation where the police are making inquiries at somebody’s home, as this is what is leading to arrests of Nationalists. A well-publicised arrest and search/seizure of a well-known Nationalist and his property happened a few years ago because he let them in his home when he needn’t have. I think people need to be aware of this, because there is a tendency to assume that you have to co-operate with somebody in uniform, yet the police can’t just break into people’s houses without some legal basis, and generally won’t if it’s clear that you have some knowledge of the law.
Not that I wish to defend the police, but my personal experience is that most British police officers are professional and well-trained, do have a firm grounding in the relevant law and do follow it. If there is a fault with the police, it is in their priorities.
Yes, I appreciate that in practice some police will overreach their authority or ignore the law, but my belief is that this is rare and tends to happen where the officer thinks he is dealing with somebody who is not aware of his rights. Where the police have no grounds for arrest/entry, you should not co-operate.
Regarding stops in the street, I have twice been in a situation where the police have stopped me when I was out walking: once because I was carrying equipment and they wanted to know if it was stolen (obviously it wasn’t), and the second occasion because I was on a beach early in the morning taking photographs of the seascape. I have no idea why the police bothered me, but on both occasions, when it became clear the stop was based on nothing at all, I simply walked away without co-operating. On both occasions, this was after quite a heated exchange in which I angrily demanded to know why I was being interfered with when going about my lawful business. The second time it happened, I was so annoyed that I sarcastically waved and shouted: “Byeeeee”. Nothing happened to me. They can’t do anything.
The reality is that a lot of police work is a bluff or confidence trick and relies on public ignorance about legal rights in certain situations.
Of course none of what I say here constitutes advice. People should seek professional legal advice on their circumstances.
Police approached you for taking photos of the sea? Perhaps they thought that you were preparing a landing ground for naval Spetsnaz troops! Very strange
How did you guess what I was really up to?
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Police approached you for taking photos of the sea? Perhaps they thought that you were preparing a landing ground for naval Spetsnaz troops! Very strange
Thanks greatt blog post
The blog post in question was posted some time ago, of course, 5-6 years ago in fact, but I think that I can say that it has held up well. Since I posted it, a number of senior figures in police and government have made similar comments.