The following was submitted to the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament
in response to its call for views regarding its proposed 'Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill', by A Force For Good on Friday 24 July 2020.
WHO WE ARE
A Force For Good is a pro-British Union campaigning organisation. It was established on 21 March 2012.
This submission has been written by A Force For Good Director, Alistair McConnachie, who has a degree in Scots Law from Strathclyde University.
Throughout this document, emboldened words represent our own emphases.
WHY WE CARE
We comment and campaign regularly on a wide range of issues related to our primary concern – keeping the United Kingdom together. For example, this includes campaigning recently to defend the Henry Dundas statue in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh and to defend him against the accusations levelled by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
These activities are thematically consistent with our position on the Union, which includes careful attention to, and respect towards, our British history.
We believe there are people who disagree with our position on such matters, and who could try to use this law, which is under discussion, to make a spurious complaint about anything we say from our broad range of platforms, whether on the street, in our campaigning materials, in our hard copy literature, or online on social media or in our videos.