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Defeat for Tony in the commons

Discussion in 'Speaker's Corner' started by Dolph, 31 Jan 2006.

  1. Dolph

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4664398.stm

    Nice to see the commons standing up for common sense for a change. The bill as originally drafted was a shockingly bad piece of legislation. Open ended, imprecise and generally very poorly written.
     
  2. AJUK

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    Good, this was an afront to free speech.
     
  3. memphisto

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    thank god.
     
  4. Saberu

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    Does that mean TB could have voted but didn't?

    If it does I bet hes kicking himself right now because that one vote would have changed the result.
     
  5. tbz_ck

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    I'm glad the Lords amendments stand. Imagine someone getting jailed for throwing around an idle word coz some muppet decided to take offense......

    The amendments ensure that there has to be a cast iron motive for stirring up religious and racial hatred, so freedom of speech now still stands.

    Thank God....
     
  6. anarchist

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    Yes, funny isn't it :D

    I can't think why he wouldn't vote really, given that he was so keen for the bill to go through. I can't believe he was that complacent about winning that he didn't think his vote mattered?
     
  7. PlacidCasual

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    Would this legislation have applied in Scotland? Did Scottish MP’s vote in the division?
     
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  9. PlacidCasual

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    Yep read it, Scots MP's did vote but of those that did vote most were against. The majority of Scottish Labour MP's abstained as they were campaigning in a by-election.

    Still don't know if it would have applied in Scotland though, must check, although I believe the devolution of powers would preclude it.
     
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  11. JimmyEatWorms

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    No, it wouldn't have applied in Scotland. We already have religious hatred laws.