Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:13 pm on 21st June 2005.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office) 5:13 pm, 21st June 2005

Of course, if the debate is about tolerance it is about intolerance as well. I am arguing that we are confronting a major change in the balance between freedom of speech and the right to say what one likes about—[Interruption.] I see the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton is back. I am sorry that he did not hear the beginning of my speech. We are confronting a major change in the balance of freedom of speech. The Bill is insufficiently precise. There are ways in which we can deal with the issue before the House, and I shall come to that later, but the Bill is not it. It is too general, too wide, too vague and too dangerous.