Perils of being gay
Jim is convinced his sexual orientation played a major part in his conviction.
He said:“It’s like some of the people I came across live in another time, when they used to burn gays on Castle Hill and if you were lucky they would burn you with your boyfriend. They are impossible to deal with and there is no effective remedy to their conduct.
“Article 13 of the European Convention says you should have an effective remedy but that has no meaning in Scotland, the equality act has no meaning.
“In their submission to the GTC, the Crown Office described me as‘a single, gay man who lives alone’, which wasn’t true.
“What they are doing is using these algorithms, these matrixes and saying if you are a single, gay male and you haven’t committed a crime, you are more dangerous than a married person who has. It’s crazy.”
Jim is now an active campaigner for victims of injustice.
He keeps a signed copy of‘Forever Lost Forever Gone’, the autobiography of Paddy Joe Hill – one of the Birmingham Six wrongly jailed for the 1974 bombing of two pubs which killed 21 people.
The message reads:“From one innocent man to another innocent man. Wishing you all the happiness and success in the world.”
Support Jim with his signed copy of Paddy Joe Hill’s autobiography