Not that we should have a concept of hate crimes anyway:
Greater Manchester Police is to become the first force in the country to officially record such offences in the same way as those based on disability, race, religion and sexual orientation.
The move means victims of crime who feel they have been targeted because of their distinctive clothing, hairstyle and even musical tastes will receive special support from the police.
At the moment courts only consider hate as an aggravating factor when sentencing if it is based on religion, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation.
But campaigners want the law to be broadened to include a much wider range of groups and subcultures.
We all belong to some subgroup or other. And if all groups are potentially subject to hate crimes then all of us are. Which rather obviates the point of having hate crimes legislation, doesn\’t it?
If I\’m kicked to death in the street will it be because I\’m a ginger, bourgeois, a cyclist, fat, old or should we just say that kicking people to death in the street is a bad thing, murder in fact, punishable by a life sentence whoever it is that you\’ve done this to and for whatever reason?