Jim Sillars on why the SNP must back further changes to the Hate Crime Bill

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Jim Sillars on why the SNP must back further changes to the Hate Crime Bill

LAST week saw a climbdown by the Scottish Government on one of the most controversial aspects of its Hate Crime Bill. After a huge public backlash, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf announced the offence of stirring up of hatred included in the draft legislation will be amended to ensure that no citizen can commit an offence unless “intent” to stir up hatred can be proven by the court.

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Jim Sillars on why the SNP must back further changes to the Hate Crime Bill