The House of Lords voted to decriminalize the use of “insulting” language.
My two favorite bits in the Guardian story:
1) For delightful British absurdity:
Kyle Little, a 16-year-old from Newcastle, was fined £50 with £150 costs for saying “woof” to a labrador dog in front of police officers.
The conviction was quashed.
2) Because I am a child:
“Section five is a useful and important tool to respond to and prevent deeply offensive homophobic language frequently targeted at one in eight gay people a year” said Sam Dick, head of policy [for gay-rights group Stonewall].