Lordly Smackdown

Jubilation and Exaltation at the Eleventh Hour.

Anyone who’s had the temerity to follow my tiresome posts about ASBOs etc: the House of Lords has struck down the clause ‘nuisance and annoyance’ from the Injunctions to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance, reverting to the language used in current ASBOs. The ambiguous future-oriented language has also been amended. This goes a great way to ameliorating my initial concerns, and is likely to be signed into law by the Commons, lest the Government defeats the entirety of its own Bill.

The Government itself, having heard PSPOs and dispersal orders attacked in debate and in committee (and, I hope, by the efforts of citizenry, online and print media), have inserted new clauses explicitly forcing police and local authorities considering the use of those powers to respect human  and democratic rights such as those to assembly, free speech and peaceful protest. This is still under debate according to Lords’ protocol but I cautiously celebrate this improvement too.

My original complaints against the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill (2014) can be found here.

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