In response to Karen Harradine: Hatred can’t be policed, so deal with the crimes that can, Colonel Mustard wrote:
Hate is an emotion contained within so it is impossible for the state to judge it except by expressed words or deeds. Even some deeds are difficult for a third party to detect, as anyone who has experienced a vindictive boss will know. It is often a hidden motivation when people are treated unfairly, unless of course they are in a ‘protected group’.
As for expressions of hatred, those have largely been sequestered and recklessly re-defined as part of the Left’s narrow cause agenda and Blairite bad law. Much dissent and resistance to their aims is now re-classified as ‘hate’ in order to de-legitimise it. Meanwhile the Left can hate as much as they like – and show it – because they lay pretentious claim to an absolute moral supremacy.
Instead of robust challenge to this deliberate manipulation, the timorous Tories – conservatives in name only – have gone along with the nonsense and even reinforced it. Trumpeting ‘equality’ at the same time as extending special privileges to ‘protected groups’, restricting freedoms, chilling free expression and undermining the rule of law in order to supposedly eradicate the chimera of ‘hate’. Even if people are oppressed not to speak or write their feelings, they can still feel hate inside, because it is an emotion, often turning that hatred towards the government oppressing them. As East European communist regimes discovered.