Probably, of the acts described, only verbal abuse is not already covered by the criminal law. Such abuse is almost never witnessed: it is one person's word against another's. And when does such abuse amount to harassment? In my career as a public servant, I have been called a 'nigger lover' (by a not-quite-sober council tenant) and 'someone who gives undue weight to the needs and aspirations of ethnic minorities' (by a senior councillor). I know which of them I thought to be the more dangerous racist, and I imagine the commission would too, but somehow I do not think a new criminal offence would get the right one.
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