Wow, that's pretty shocking.
I can't believe you don't have the right to free (how ever appalling) speech.
If they had that law over here half the country would be locked up the first day.
Well, for it to become an offense first you have to have someone make a complaint.
"Hello yes officer, I just heard some chap on the high street talking about xyz in a derogatory way, I am alarmed and distressed about it." - I dont think that complaint would get very far.
However, say you happen to get into a fight with someone of a different race, and you are heard to call them a xyz
t whatever, it then becomes a racially motivated offence.
We do have the right to free speech, we just have to be careful how we exercise it..
A slighty different story with a similar theme is the guy who joked about blowing a uk airport up on a social networking site who was then prosecuted.
Slight tangent, and hope its understandable.. Its late!