Regarding the news that there is to be a review of hate crime law to include misogyny (should also include misandry), ageism and some other somewhat more bizarre categories of Punks and Goths. Where is the line drawn between freedom of speech and criminality? At what point do we suppress opinion, no matter how distasteful, so radically that we become a propaganda state and a nation of victims? Or is it correct to criminalise the spoken word?
I'm torn personally. I've been fortunate to have never have been a 'victim' other than skirmishes at school age, but I can imagine the hurt that can be caused and the impact on self-worth, self-belief and social inclusion - indeed I've seen it and it's horrible. But equally, freedom of speech is a key tenet of our society. Where is the line for this 'criminality'?