Isabella Massardo reports that a man in Manchester has been forbidden by magistrates to use the word ‘Paki’ (i.e. Pakistani; quoting the Guardian and the Independent – BBC News has it too). Under the terms of an anti-social behaviour order, he will go to prison if he uses the word in public. This is the first such order of its kind, apparently. The Independent quotes Liberty, the human rights organiization, as describing this as bad law, because it is ‘almost impossible to enforce’ (presumably hard to monitor rather than to enforce).
The prosecutor was Manchester City Council. An anti-social behaviour order was new to me. It is also referred to as an ASBO. (It sounds like the opposite of what is intended – should it not be an Anti-Antisocial Behaviour Order?) There are some statistics here, from April 1, 1999, when they were first introduced – Greater Manchester certainly seems fond of them. And here is information from the Home Office.