Clause 1 — Encouragement of terrorism

Part of Orders of the Day — Terrorism Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:21 pm on 9th November 2005.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General 6:21 pm, 9th November 2005

Che Guevara was a student pin-up when I was at university; indeed, there were Che Guevara societies. There were commemorations of what people claimed was his heroic death and life, and of the fact that he was a freedom fighter or, as some would say, a terrorist, using force to combat what were regarded as capitalist and tyrannical regimes. There is no doubt that if someone were to glorify the activities of Che Guevara at a meeting where

"members of the public could reasonably be expected to infer that what is being glorified is being glorified as conduct that should be emulated in existing circumstances", they would commit an offence. Furthermore, in relation to the term, "emulated in existing circumstances", one has to ask: existing circumstances, where? These are issues that the Minister really must address.