In a tragic sign of how weak Britain has become, actual Members of Parliament are releasing a report saying supporters of ISIS shouldn’t necessarily be criminalised because they have the right to free speech. For goodness sake.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights, fronted by none other than Harriet Harman, states that Counter Terrorism and Border Security Bill “may criminalise curious minds and expressions of belief which do not carry any consequent harm or intent to cause harm”.
Let’s have it right – the Bill wants to criminalise people who express support for banned extremist groups, wear items of clothing that reasonably suggest they support an extremist group, publishes images relating to terror groups or repeatedly access terrorist material.
What could sum up the weak, wet, pathetic lefty politics than the response by Harriet Harman, who said: “The Government have got an important job to keep us safe from terrorism. But it must also safeguard human rights.”
Security Minister Ben Wallace told the Telegraph: “This Government does not agree with the Committee’s conclusions in respect to human rights concerns. Its conclusions are misplaced and wrong.
“After the spate of terrorist attacks of last year and the deadly nerve agent attack this year, our intelligence services and police made the case for an update of existing legislation and some new powers to tackle the real and significant threat this country faces from terrorism and hostile states.”
“We carefully considered the request and agreed to act so as to keep the public safe. The Committee couldn’t be more out of touch with the very real threat to life we all now face.”
The fact is, sometimes ‘foolish’ mistakes have serious consequences, and making a concerted effort to engage with extremist material – material that openly calls for the total destruction of British society – should have consequences.