One week on and the Hate Crime Act is already a disaster for Scotland, causing Scotland serious reputational harm that leaves us collectively open to ridicule and shame. But what can be done?

There is no escaping it – despite all the warnings from people of many political sympathies or none, the likes of feminist columnist Susan Dalgety, Tory MSP Murdo Fraser, former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars and Labour stalwart, Ian Smart – the Hate Crime Act has from day one of its introduction shown itself to be especially bad law.

Rather than reducing hate by providing a code of behaviour that could bring harmony between people of competing opinions, the law is instead making matters far worse.

It is deepening division in Scotland because it incentivises belligerent activists whose worldview relies upon identity politics to lodge formal complaints to the police. Their modus operandi has been – from the advent of the debate around gender politics – to use in-your-face confrontation to intimidate and shut down the voices opposing them.

From placards suggesting those opposing the GRR Bill should be decapitated to threatening behaviour that has required police intervention at demonstrations, women professing to define themselves as women in their own terms – unexceptionally to most people as adult biological females – have been targeted.

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