Labour Plans ‘Blacklist’ to Curb Rising Hate Crime in UK

Mark Townsend, Guardian, February 7, 2015

People convicted of homophobic, transgender or disability hate crime would be put on a “blacklist” to warn future employers of past misdemeanours under new proposals by Labour.

The shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, will on Monday unveil a strategy to tackle the UK’s soaring rise in antisemitism, Islamophobia, homophobia and abuse of people with disabilities. The package includes making homophobic and disability hate crimes an aggravated criminal offence, ensuring that police treat such offences in the same way as racist hate crimes.

Cooper will outline changes to the criminal records framework whereby such offences will be clearly marked on the criminal records of perpetrators. Currently, records checks do not highlight homophobia, disability or transgender identity as a motivating factor in a conviction, and do not automatically appear in police data used for vetting applicants in sensitive vocations, such as those working with vulnerable people, including the disabled.

Labour’s move comes as a new breakdown of police figures reveals an escalation in hate crimes since 2012, with a steep rise in abuse reported by the transgender community alongside the well-documented rises in antisemitism and Islamophobia.

Measures to combat the role of social media in disseminating and perpetrating hate crime will also be unveiled. These include a review of police and guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that crimes such as antisemitism on social networks such as Twitter are covered. The review follows high-profile online attacks, including abuse targeting prominent British Jews and Muslims.

Hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales reveal a rise across all five recording categories–race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender–with the number of offences rising from 43,927 in the 12 months to April 2013 to 46,919 in the following 12 months.

Last week it was revealed that antisemitic incidents in the UK had reached their highest-ever level, more than doubling in the past year. Incidences of Islamophobia are reported to have risen since the Charlie Hebdo killings. Cooper said: “Hate crimes have no place in modern Britain. No one should fear being attacked because of their religion, their sexuality, the colour of their skin, or their disability. Much more needs to be done to ensure those who commit these serious crimes are brought to justice, and this includes looking at where the law needs to be strengthened.”

Cooper said companies such as Twitter must do more to tackle repeat offenders and monitor individuals who are the target of repeat abuse. On Thursday, Twitter’s chief executive acknowledged that the company “sucks at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform, and we’ve sucked at it for years”.

The shadow home secretary said: “Too often industry has been slow to respond to reports of their social media platforms being used to bully and abuse people or spread abhorrent ideology.”

Amid the rise in hate crimes, the coalition government has been accused of failing to respond to a Law Commission report on hate crimes that recommends changes to the criminal records system. Labour would introduce programmes in schools to tackle antisemitism, Islamophobia, homophobic bullying and targeting of disabled children. “We need to look at what more we can do to prevent discrimination, bigotry and hate taking hold in the first place,” said Cooper.

Between April 2013 and April 2014 hate crimes over race in England and Wales rose from 35,889 to 37,484; offences involving sexual orientation increased from 4,261 to 4,622; and transgender hate crime escalated from 361 to 555–a 54% increase. During the same period, disability hate crimes increased from 1,843 to 1,985, while criminal offences linked to religion grew from 1,573 to 2,273, a rise of 45%.

Labour’s special envoy on LGBT issues, Lord Cashman, said: “These wide-ranging measures will signal to everyone that such behaviour is unacceptable in a civilised society.”

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  • tony soprano

    I guess they can still hire muslims who are the biggest haters in britain.

  • dd121

    Will they be banned from soccer games?

  • IstvanIN

    This is scary, considering that “hate crimes” in the UK can be no more than an innocuous statement that someone not involved in a conversation felt uncomfortable overhearing.

    They really need to campaign for a freedom of speech law in the UK.

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      Sounds like the Stalin Years. Write something questionable about Uncle Joe / The Party in your diary and The NKVD finds out and you’re off to a Siberian gulag.

    • andyrwebman

      I’m in the UK and I totally agree. If anyone posts on any UK site, I’d be really grateful if they’d post something along the lines of the following.

      The UK needs its own version of the US first amendment protecting free speech. I suggest as follows:

      “All speech is freely permitted with only the following exceptions

      (1) Nobody shall use their speech to incite another to any criminal activity

      (2) All individuals have the right to decline to listen to freely expressed speech – therefore courts shall have the right to place orders to prevent persistent harassment of a private individual by another individual

  • superlloyd

    What about all the Islamic crimes committed about indigenous, white people? The Labour party are a disgrace that has sold out their former constituency – the white working class. I hope they are obliterated at the polls.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    This is going to backfire on leftists. Muslims are the most prejudiced against homosexuals and transgender people in Britain. They’re probably committing most of the hate crimes against these groups. They may also be committing more than their fair share of disability hate crimes.

    Just wait another five years and this policy will be overturned because it’s “racis” or “Islamophobic” and disproportionately prevents Muslims from getting jobs.

    • DrPa Ba

      I’m sure the rise in “anti-Semitism” (whatever that’s supposed to mean nowadays) correlates rather closely with a rising Muslim population too. Most ethnic europeans are too brainwashed to be critical of J’s themselves.

  • Easyrhino

    Looks like the UK is a fast sinking ship.

    Next the PC loons will probably go after the royals because the House of Windsor isn’t racially diverse.

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      Alongside the rest of the Western world, Great Britain is declining rapidly. If nothing changes, our culture and civilization will be confined to the dustbin of history. I wonder if a thousand years from now historians will ponder in abject ignorance and fascination why the West gave up, like some Atlantis that chose to sink below the ocean’s depth.

  • Easyrhino

    The mere fact that the author used the term “blacklist” should be grounds for dismissal.

    Not only that, the writer should be made to serve as a butler for a random black man for a period of no less than one year to atone for this grave racial injustice.

    I “axe” my fellow Amreners, am I wrong?

  • Reynardine

    As consistent with the universal law of minority innocence, perverts, semites, and the disabled never commit a crime or escalate a situation so that it spirals out of control, so they’ll never ever abuse this system.

    And now a word from my six-foot invisible rabbit friend, Harvey…

    • LHathaway

      Yeah, what about those darn homosexuals . . . I’m quite confident an investigation would discover that those who have committed a homosexual act are more likely to have committed crime, violence and even murder.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    No one ‘hates’ disabled children. Come on.

    There may well be people who express that disabled children are not ‘abled’. Fights picked with them are untenable.

    • UncleSham

      “No one ‘hates’ disabled children.” Are you sure? I was told that hurting disabled children was the true motivation of people who want to cut taxes.

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      The disabled (including children) are one of the prime targets of black criminals right up there with old people. What could be easier than robbing / beating up a White person in a wheelchair? Of course it’s never called “hate”; if the disabled child fights back or complains to the police, then the child is the “hater” and must have done something to provoke the attack.

  • BloodofAlbion75

    We must remember that there are many leftist agitators here in the U.S. who are just as eager to have these kinds of witch hunts officially sanctioned by our own government: the SPLC,ADL,various ethnic lobbies,power-hungry liberal Democrats,deranged progressives,and no doubt more than a few cowardly,go-along-to-get-along “respectable” Republican types who can always be counted on to betray their base if they think it will help them avoid being labeled as “intolerant” or “racist” by Cultural Marxist thugs in the “mainstream” media.

    Stay vigilant.

  • IstvanIN

    This isn’t much I will grant you, but considering how the Royal Family’s’ official speech is controlled by the politicians, it is a step in the right direction:
    Charles tells UK Muslims to abide by our values: Prince says if you come to live in Britain you must respect us from the daily mail.

  • DelmarJackson

    1200 white girls were raped and groomed for sex by Pakistani Muslims in one city in the Uk- Rottertham over a ten year period with authorities ignoring repeated documented proof of the crimes. estimates are tens of thousands other white girls in the UK have had similar fates at the hands of foreign Muslim immigrants to the UK. the parents of children in the UK need to rise up and expose the real haters in their midst that enable the rape of their children by foreigners.

    • Wing-nut.

      I suspect the authorities were also participating.

  • evilsandmich

    Incidences of Islamophobia are reported to have risen…

    Do tell, as I haven’t seen anything.

    Twitter’s chief executive acknowledged that the company “sucks at dealing with…trolls”

    Duh, what kind of intellectual exchange is supposed to happen within the character limits of Twitter; it’s all argument via bumper sticker antagonism. They should probably just change their name to Troller.

  • LHathaway

    “to tackle the UK’s soaring rise in antisemitism, Islamophobia, homophobia and abuse of people with disabilities”.

    I suspect they have this completely backwards. Of course they do, they’re leftists.

  • Here in the US, we’re not supposed to enquire if applicants have records of violent crime, so it’s only natural that the next step would be to prevent the hiring of people who have said ‘politically inconvenient’ things that tender ears cannot bear to hear.

  • UncleSham

    In England, race-based gang rape is not a hate crime, but mentioning the race/religion/country of origin of the perpetrators is. I have nothing but contempt for the entire UK.

  • A Freespeechzone

    THIS is but a glimpse of America to come…..if liberals had their way, Christians and Conservatives and anyone who doesn’t support their agenda would be punished by being blacklisted TODAY.

  • Caucasoid88

    My response as hiring manager: “He said Reverend Al looks like a deflated grape with a gigantic head and a tiny body? Well—I’m giving him a signing bonus of $10,000.”

  • WR_the_realist

    I’m sure everyone in the Labour Party has read Orwell’s 1984. Unfortunately they treat it as an operating manual.

  • KenelmDigby

    What a pile of stinking, rotting, festering trash the Labour Party is.

    This pure Orwellism. Nothing more, nothing less. You note that the ‘favored’ groups of victims are those deemed by Labour to be more ‘worthy’ – apparently this has nothing to do with the gravity of the crime committed against the victim, but only if the victim is deemed ‘worthy’ or ‘more equal’ by the Labour Party.
    Note also how, emotively, they included the ‘disabled’ in the list of the ‘worthy’. Now, attacks on the disabled are exceedingly rare and certainly have not increased recently.

  • MathMan

    This ‘pretend’ policy has been put forward because there is an election coming up here in UK in May and the public is concerned about the rise in antisemitism -the other issues are merely a cover. Yvette Cooper, the politician proposing the Bill, belongs to the Labour Party who let all the hating Muslims into our country. Hypocrisy of the highest order.

  • wyowcm

    And you can bet this Labour “blacklist” will be only a “whitelist”. A very effective way to intimidate and silence Whites.

  • KenelmDigby

    Can someone please explain to me why an assault and battery against a heterosexual White male, committed for no real discernable reason by a random stranger, is not as ‘worthy’ as exactly the same assault and battery committed by a stranger, if the victim happens to be homosexual, transgender, non White, female, disabled, transgender or any other privileged and protected characteristic?

    Isn’t the whole point of any legal system, in any modern civilized state is that all citizens are protected under the law, with no fear or favor, equally. Doesn’t favoring certain classes smack of the middle ages, a time when the gentry were more or less exempted from justice?
    Surely, this must be contrary to the Human Rights Act and the UN Convention on Human Rights, that is the legalistic creation of a privileged class and a non privileged class.
    Why isn’t there oppostion from jurists etc to these simply appalling proposals?

    • andyrwebman

      You wouldn’t believe how many people cling to hate crime laws, as if they’re the only way to get justice. Getting it into their heads that harsh punishment across the board for heinous crimes is the answer seems to be lost on them.

  • jayvbellis

    I fought this Orwellian Hate Crime/thought crime legislation with all my might a few years back when the Obamanination Administration finally snuck through the Matthew Shepherd Federal Hate Crime bill.

    I had decent success arguing that I lived in Chicago where we have averaged of 400 murders every year for the last 40 years. How is it possible for a pre meditated murder not to be a “hate crime”? What are these murders “love crimes” – is everything OK if the murderers have PC views on gay marriage equality and mass Muslim immigration?

    Eric Holder lying &$&@& half White buppy from Barbados that he is, was at least honest when he answer Southern patriot Alabama Senator Jeff Session and admitted that regular (White) Americans wouldn’t be covered by the Federal Hate Crime Bill, only historic “victim groups”, which apparently now include Blacks, Gays, Mexicans, Jews and Muslims… This can and will changes Blacks and Muslims will work very hard to make pro Israel Jews in to the bad guy team of oppressors.

    Maybe some folks here saw my videos on the subject posted by “Bikers for Freedom”. I received favorable reviews from Jewcy.

    One thing to do is to simply go with the flow, pretend you are gay, like Saul Goodman in breaking bad, change your name to a Jewish name, or Hispanic name, convert to Islam and then claim hate is being thrown your way.

  • cyrusthevirus

    The line of resistance IS to target personally officialdom who enforce the evil.Actually believe it has already started–stories of disgruntled “businessmen” who feel they are getting a raw deal from Inland Revenue following the relevant official home -and casually letting them know -I know where you live.!!!We should work that on all of them–social workers/tax officials/police even!!

  • Well mine is still too young to have that sort of talk. However in about 3 years I plan to begin to do so. Already attending schools in the US he knows about Julius Caesar but does not have a clue about Saint Martin Luther King.

  • The ones partaking in the rise in hate crimes are the liberals who keep shovelling these people into the country and pushing all the buttons.

    Even according to their own remarks, there are all these alleged rises in “hate-crimes”.

    Yet how can this be, after 60 years of conditioning and ‘community cohesion’ indoctrination, television brainwashing, careful silence of various news items, numerous laws and legislations….

    Whenever anybody criticises what is taking place, we are told that everybody else is just getting on fine and it is only we few “hateful” people who are “spoiling it”. Yet all the time, they keep saying things are getting worse and worse. So which is it?

    The answer seems to be whatever is convenient.

    The rise in “anti-Semitism”, I believe, includes data from various Jewish monitors who record the slightest jibe against Israel or Jewish attributes as “anti-Semitism”.

    The vast majority of the rest see, to be from Muslims. The Daily Stormer, if all the trolling of Luciana Berger are counted as individual ‘anti-Semitism” crimes, will have the figures shooting through the roof.

    I was labelled a racist and a hater just last week for stating what are simply facts. Truth is racist. The truth is no longer a defence in our courts of law, apparently, so therefore the truth is irrelevant.

    As I had stated my opposition to what England is becoming and because was critical of immigration and the incremental adoption of Islam into society, such as Halal meats, I was apparently a “hater” with “so much hate” in me I need some kind of medication.

    With potential bans from social media being discussed, blacklist laws, and potential EU laws that criminalise any blanket condemnation of any “group” (protected group, that is!), we are really seeing the state ramp up their efforts to shut people down.

    When you strip it all back though, it should be obvious to all that the very need to be doing this shows that they know they have created a tinderbox that they fear could go up in flames at any moment.

    As such, the stick required to beat everybody into line gets bigger and bigger.

    Taking part in the internet spat last week was actually quite frightening in a way. It has been a while since I took on ‘general society’ with some of our positions.

    What was frightening about it was the level of ignorance, the incapacity for even the most basic levels of logic, the confusing of xenophobia and race, the incapacity to take things to a conclusion (when it comes to democracy, demographics, growth of Islam, open borders, etc) and the inability to even consider that there was such a thing as the white race or that it was important to be saved if there was.

    Furthermore, after merely defending my positions and showing no outright hatred for any group, I was still shouted down as spreading ‘hatred’ and I did wonder if I would be reported to the authorities and be getting a knock at the door. On this occasion, it seems to have died down, but it does make you think.

    When or if the knock ever does come, I know that those doing the knocking will be the same intellectual toddlers stumbling around an area of life they have no insight into other than that which has been spoon fed to them.

    You would then be passed into a system of the state staffed with more such people. For these reasons alone, the future of this country seems to be getting quite a frightening place. The racial and religious transformation is enough, but the sheer retardation of wider society itself is in many ways even more disquieting.

  • John Smith

    I guess they can go on the dole along with the minorities if they can’t get a job.

  • David Ashton

    A “black” list? Shurely shome mishtake?