The police must rethink its Orwellian obsession with ‘transphobia’ Telegraph 21.11.19

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If there is an event that captures the lunacies of modern life, it is a hearing currently taking place in the High Court in London. The case concerns a complaint about allegedly “transphobic” remarks and the police response. Harry Miller, himself a former police officer, tweeted comments about gender that a member of the public reported to Humberside constabulary.

An investigation was carried out and even though Mr Miller was told he had not committed any crime, his activity has been recorded as a hate incident under guidelines set out by the College of Policing, which oversees force standards. It defines a hate event as “any non-crime incident which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender”.

Mr Miller is suing the college for suppressing free speech and shutting down legitimate debate about proposed changes in the law on gender recognition. This expansion of Orwellian thought crime must be stopped and reversed. It is unacceptable for the police to take it upon themselves to act as the custodians of what is right and wrong opinion when no criminal behaviour is involved – especially when they claim to be too overstretched to investigate crimes like burglary or drug dealing in broad daylight.

The College of Policing was set up in 2012 as the professional body in England and Wales. Its purpose is “to provide those working in policing with the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent crime, protect the public and secure public trust”. In that case, it is time it focused on what matters to the public – or be replaced by a body that will.