This is an interesting news release from North Yorks Police, detailing 30 cases where people had offences uplifted to hate crimes
To start, let’s have a reminder of the garbage that passes for hate crime legislation in the UK:
“The term ‘hate crime’ can be used to describe a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity. These aspects of a person’s identity are known as ‘protected characteristics'”.
Note that biological sex is conspicuously absent, despite being a protected characteristic under the equality act. (They do claim to address it under VAWG legislation, but that’s a whole other story
Anyway here’s the most recent CPS Hate Crime Report
which has a slightly different wording to the definition
“any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by a hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.”
Same basic gist, and same flaws.
The fundamental one being that this approach fails to address what it is that we are actually objecting to, why “hate crime” is worse than other crime, who is being harmed, and how and what is a meaningful way to distinguish “hate” from other crimes ? There is no sound basis for the current CPS definition, neither empirical nor theoretical, leaving it worse than useless.
We see this in practice as the legislation is rarely (if ever ?) used to deal with the terrorising of disenfranchised or genuinely vulnerable communities or demographics (which would a much better starting point) but mostly for name calling by drunks, drug addicts and other people with poor impulse control.
Almost all the cases listed by North Yorks Police (first link at the top) can be categorised as this, and yet an entire industry, public campaigns etc has been built round the idea – time and ££££ desperately needed elsewhere – only for it to be used when some drunk is carted off to hospital by police officers and he objects using crude slurs.
The nationwide data (from the main cps report) does not go into as much detail but here are some from the other end of the country. Similar themes. Drunks, police, and security officers disproportionately represented.
What is achieved by all this ? Good hate crime laws have their place, but it is a limited place and they need to be crafted with real needs in mind, eg most anti-disabilty crime is quite specifically targetted and against a genuinely vulnerable population.
The current set-up however is mostly a lot of box-ticking, back-patting and virtue-signalling by the CPS and police. It works for them and it works for the serially litigious, who abuse the law even as it stands, leaving us with the familiar situation where the piggies are more than happy to go after women who hurt men’s feelings while deeming rape and death threats, rape, assault, kidnappings, stalking, beatings, threats to employment as not even being crimes at all when women are the victims.