As I predicted here, the new bill passed with the necessary amendments to protect free speech. As Rowan Atkinson explains;
"Those who seek to threaten religious communities will know that such behaviour has now been outlawed and those who have sought to retain the right to criticise and ridicule religious beliefs and practices now have those rights enshrined in legislation in a manner never previously achieved. With it, it seems to me, everybody wins,".
The government can shrug its shoulders to the Muslim community and say 'look, we tried', while at the same time they have got themselves off the hook, from having to implement an unworkable, undemocratic bill.
It sure ain't pretty, but it is good for democracy. Of course the opposition parties and the media are championing the 'divided government' line, but that is boring and frankly ridiculous. I'm sure it will win them a few votes, but what really matters is policy, and by hook or by crook we got the right result in the end and democracy is the winner. Well done those Labour MPs!