Via The Guardian, Theresa May speaks out against abuse in public life as a threat to democracy:
“While there is much to celebrate, I worry that our public debate today is coarsening. That for some it is becoming harder to disagree, without also demeaning opposing viewpoints in the process.
In the face of what is a threat to our democracy, I believe that all of us – individuals, governments, and media old and new – must accept our responsibility to help sustain a genuinely pluralist public debate for the future”.
In response to diverse threats against public figures, a report on the matter recommends that “Government should consult on the introduction of a new offence in electoral law of intimidating parliamentary candidates and party campaigners”.
Neither a) the easily predicted immediate line hunting that this will induce, nor b) the principle of vigorous questioning of public figures on matters of public policy, should be allowed to persuade to desist from such efforts.