Responding to the publication of Lord Bracadale's review of hate crime, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:
"There is an opportunity to consolidate the law on hate crime to provide clarity, boost public understanding, close loopholes and give victims greater confidence to report hostile and hateful actions. As Lord Bracadale shows, there is a compelling case for adding gender and age to hate crime legislation.
"Atrocious abuse, motivated by characteristics such as someone's gender, is all too common on social media and elsewhere. It is time to stamp it out and make clear the potential criminal repercussions.
"Lord Bracadale has unravelled the SNP's spin on the disastrous Offensive Behaviour at Football Act. It is clear that this botched Act, motivated solely by political posturing, was entirely unnecessary. The MSPs who lined up to defend the Act in lurid terms should be embarrassed, if not ashamed right now.
"The Scottish Government must this time work hard to unite communities behind new proposals on hate crime."