Insulting language to be dropped from Section 5 of the Public Order Act was announced earlier this week, so that it is no longer a criminal offence to make insulting remarks where a specific victim cannot be identified.
It certainly makes a change to see something coming out of Government these days which releases their grip on everything we, ordinary Joe Blogs, do. Under the Public Order Act, it’s always been very easy for the police to make an arrest for a ‘Public Order Offence’, but that power has been abused widely in recent times – most famously when a young man was arrested for making a joke – admittedly in bad taste – about blowing up an airport if his plane was delayed. Well, it’s been announced by Teresa May earlier this week that such matters won’t be an offence for much longer – NO; that doesn’t mean you can blow up an airport! It means you won’t be prosecuted if you make a crass or sarcastic remark about such a thing – provided that you don’t shout and swear while you’re doing your ‘act.’. So, go ahead – make fun and insult all you like but remember, no swearing!
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Wai Yi is our joint Managing Director. She joined the firm originally as an articled clerk to the founder, Keith Beardsell and qualified as a solicitor in 1989. She became an equity partner in 1997, and upon the creation of Beardsells LLP in 2011, she became joint Managing Director. You can follow Wai Yi on Google+.
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