Orders of the Day — Terrorism Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:57 pm on 26th October 2005.

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Photo of John Gummer John Gummer Conservative, Suffolk Coastal 4:57 pm, 26th October 2005

Does the hon. Gentleman find it difficult to explain what the law would mean in this case, because not only would the speaker not have to have an intent to cause this, he would have to be telepathic in order to discover what someone might think if he spoke in that way? Many of us find that our speeches are not entirely understood, however clear we try to make them, but this makes speechifying almost impossible when we are dealing with circumstances as terrible as, for example, the fate of the Palestinians, the way in which they have been treated, and the way in which so many countries now suffer under the heel of dictators. I find it very difficult to know how one would measure one's words in this way.