Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:13 pm on 21st June 2005.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham 8:13 pm, 21st June 2005

My hon. Friend may wish to consider a specific case. During the recent election campaign, a parliamentary candidate was attacked by a radical Islamic group, was decried for being a false prophet and was jostled and assaulted. That candidate is now Mr. Galloway. Under the Bill, would the hon. Gentleman—whom I do not understand to be of the Islamic faith, but who is very litigious—be deemed to be a victim of incited religious hatred? Clearly that incident included hatred, religion and incitement. Would the hon. Gentleman be defended by the new law?

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Roger Peck
Posted on 12 Jul 2005 2:04 pm (Report this annotation)

A newspaper accused GG of enriching himself from a Food for Oil program that he root and branch opposed. GG took the paper to court to clear his name - and for that he is accused of being "extremely litigous".

To paraphrase the great man contra John Sopel: "don't make that like an accusation Greg"

Roger Peck
Posted on 12 Jul 2005 2:32 pm (Report this annotation)

On further reflection I consider my above comment to be a bit nit-picking. If I knew how I would have deleted it. (perhaps the moderators can do this for me!)

The media seems to be so against GG I guess I have perhaps become a bit sensitive to perceived attacks on him.