Humza Says You've Had a Bit Too Much to Think

On Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th March 2021, Holyrood finally voted on the Anti-Free Speech Bill which Humza Yousaf – the (In)Justice Secretary – introduced last year, and which he euphemistically termed a 'Hate Crime' Bill.

We have opposed the Bill in its entirety and we made a submission to the Committee last year, which was published on the Parliament's website and which can be read at "Free Speech For Scots: We Show what's Wrong with the Proposed 'Hate Crime' Bill".

On Wednesday 10th March, myself and a member of the AFFG Team went along to Holyrood in order to give the MSPs who support it a piece of our mind.

Of course, these are unusual circumstances, and so we researched the law to find out what we were "allowed" to do.

What is the Law?

We were aware that under Sec. 5 "Restrictions on movement" of the "The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020" that "no person may leave the place where they are living" except for the reasons given under Sec. 8 (5) (f) which includes travel "for the purposes of work".

As political journalists, reporting on a very important day in Holyrood, we were both covered under Sub-para (f).

We also knew that under Sec. 6 "Restrictions on gatherings", it is the law that "no person may participate in a gathering in a public place of more than two people".