An open letter to Boris Johnson re ISIS

After Boris Johnson’s LBC radio show, I have just emailed the following message to him

Dear Boris

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As a constituent of yours, I was alarmed to hear your comments regarding the flying of an ISIS flag in London on LBC radio today, as confirmed in the following tract from The Independent

The Isis flag should not be banned by law because Britain is a “free country”, Boris Johnson has said.

The Mayor of London said he did not want to see the flag of the so-called Islamic State flying anywhere but said that banning it in law could prove unworkable.

“I don’t like people carrying the ISIS flag … I think a balance has got to be struck,” he told LBC radio.

May I draw to your attention the following passage from The 2003 Terrorism Act

Proscription makes it a criminal offence to:

  • wear clothing or carry or display articles in public in such a way or in such circumstances as arouse reasonable suspicion that an individual is a member or supporter of the proscribed organisation (section 13).

The penalties for proscription offences under sections 11 and 12 are a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a fine. The maximum penalty for a section 13 offence is 6 months in prison and/or a fine not exceeding £5,000.

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