The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change has released a report, Designating Hate: New Policy Responses to Stop Hate Crime, which recommends radical initiatives to tackle “hate” groups, even if they have not committed any kind of violent activity…
The Home Office would be able to accuse any group it found politically inconvenient of “spreading intolerance” or “aligning with extremist ideologies” — and designate it a “hate group”.
Groups that spread hate function with impunity
… current laws are unable to stop groups that spread
hate and division, but do not advocate violence.
• Create a new law to designate ‘hate groups’.
This new tier of hate group designation would
be the first of its kind in Europe and would help
tackle nonviolent extremist groups that demonise
Train of thought 3 (metropolitan police):
What is hate crime?
A hate crime is when someone commits a crime against you because of your disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other perceived difference.
It doesn’t always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are, or who they think you are, is also a crime. The same goes for someone posting abusive or offensive messages about you online.
Train of thought 4:
“…or any other perceived difference.”
Can anyone think of a non-violent organisation that demonises and harasses large numbers of people, and posts abusive and offensive messages about them online and on the products they buy?
Isn’t ASH an Anti-Smoking Hate group? Isn’t it the single most divisive hate group operating with impunity in the world today? Doesn’t it demonise smoking and smokers? Doesn’t it hate smoking and smokers? Doesn’t it exclude them and defame them and rob them at every opportunity it can find?
Train of thought 5 (metropolitan police):
How to report hate crime
Hate crimes such as racist crime, domestic abuse and homophobic crime are one of our highest priorities. Currently, we have over 900 specialist hate crime investigators working in our dedicated Community Safety and Safeguarding Units across London.
These officers investigate and manage specific crimes, such as domestic abuse, hate crime and honour based abuse, which often require specialist knowledge and understanding. In partnership with external agencies, we’re supporting the needs of victims, their families and their communities to make them safer and prevent re-victimisation.
Why report hate crime?
It’s not OK to be targeted because of who you, your family or your friends are – or who people think they are. You have the right to live your life free from abuse and violence. If you’ve been the victim of a hate crime remember it is not your fault and help is available.
By reporting hate crime you may be able to prevent this from happening again to you or someone else. Our officers and staff are trained to deal with hate crime sensitively and professionally.
Remember, you don’t have to be the victim of hate crime to report it. You can report anything you’ve seen happening to someone else, or report it on their behalf if they don’t want to.
Train of thought 6:
Would anyone like to report ASH as a Hate Group that carries out hate crimes against smokers?
As the British Prime Minister who introduced the UK public smoking ban in July 2007, Tony Blair is arguably himself the hate criminal responsible for enabling and empowering Anti-Smoking Hate groups like ASH.
I personally designated ASH as an “AntiSmoking Hate group” back in 2015.