Scots could face criminal records for calling someone a “grumpy old man” under SNP’s plans for barmy new laws that make ageism a hate crime

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Last night, Toby Young, general secretary of the Free Speech Union, said: “The notion that describing someone as a ‘grumpy old man’ or a ‘callow youth’ should be a hate crime is ludicrous. How does the Scottish Government propose to police this? It still hasn’t activated the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act because Police Scotland doesn’t have the resources to investigate the deluge of complaints it will receive, with thousands of neighbours and ex-lovers accusing each other of hate crimes. Not a single ‘hate crime’ set out in the Act has been prosecuted. Adding ‘ageism’ to the list is therefore just meaningless blather, typical of this zombie government.”

Georgia Edkins, MailOnline, 13th August 2023.