I feel that there is now a change in the wind in this country, a change in the current of feeling. At last people are beginning to take an interest in some of the freedoms that we have lost. One very hopeful sign which I applaud and rejoice in, is the victory of Rowan Atkinson's campaign "Reform Section 5". Hurrah! Can it really be true that we tolerated for more than twenty years a law that could get you prosecuted for calling a police horse "gay"? To say something in public, that is not either a death-threat, an incitement to violence, or a libel against another individual, is not a crime. Looking at it, it seems to be such a silly law you'd imagine it was passed under a Labour government but, no - it was the Tories. Did the law make us into a politer society? Of course not. In the years since 1986, society has become steadily ruder, which is proof that the law has failed.
Perfectly innocuous people are constantly attacked, reviled, slandered and abused by every means possible in the left-wing press yet you could be prosecuted for calling a horse "gay".
It is the people who send vicious threatening messages to others by E-mail or telephone who should be regarded as criminals, but in most cases the cyber-lynch mobs get away with what they do.
So well done, Rowan Atkinson and congratulations to all those who campaigned for restoring some common sense to at least one aspect of our lives.
The surge in UKIP membership continues and it is just a matter of time before the figures overtake those of the waning LibDems.
I am a Parish Councillor for Risinghurst and Sandhills in Oxford, and Chairman of Oxfordshire English Democrats.
I support the following campaigns:
>Save Horton General Hospital
>Stop Forced Adoption
>Restore Infant Literacy Hours Campaign
>Save Oxford Community Centres from re-development
>Save Northway Town Green
>No privatisation of NHS
>Stop Cuts to Arts Funding
>Justice for all survivors of CSA
>Abolish University Tuition Fees for students whose parents are English citizens.
>>;Abolish the Barnett Formula.
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