|Monday 13 May 2013|
|The Queen’s Speech and the blanket bans|
The Lib-Con government has tidied up the law on our use of public spaces... by making it even more illiberal than before.
|Thursday 28 March 2013|
|A twenty-first |
century folk devil
In Moral Crusades in an Age of Mistrust, Frank Furedi adroitly uses the sociological literature around moral panics to draw out the deeper meaning of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
|Monday 11 March 2013|
|An unspoken war on the Common Law|
ESSAY England’s rights-respecting Common Law is being shunted aside by new forms of arbitrary, inquisitorial power. It’s time for a fightback.
|Tuesday 18 December 2012|
|Why everyday life is tied up in red tape|
The proliferation of rules and regulations on everything from leafleting to looking after kids exposes how much the state distrusts us.
|Friday 26 October 2012|
|There ain’t no harm in hate speech|
The demand to criminalise hate speech is essentially a demand to criminalise people who haven't actually done anything wrong.
|Tuesday 11 September 2012|
|The unfree streets of London|
A shocking new Google Map shows the bits of London where you can become a criminal without even realising it.
|Wednesday 11 July 2012|
|‘Freedom is not|
delivered, but won’
Josie Appleton answers your questions on the challenges facing the liberty movement in modern Britain.
|Thursday 17 May 2012|
|These petty laws are an insult to the public|
Yes, let’s get rid of Britain’s mad ban on using ‘insulting’ words. But don’t ignore the rest of the state’s criminalisation of everyday behaviour.
|Monday 20 February 2012|
|Are tree surgeons really a threat to children?|
For all the Lib-Cons’ attempts to rein in Britain’s crazy vetting regime, still millions of adults are being treated as potential paedophiles.
|Tuesday 16 August 2011|
|Policing the innocent, ignoring the riotous|
ASBOs, CCTV, dispersal zones and a whole host of other petty powers did nothing to prevent the looting.
|Thursday 19 May 2011|
|How the burqa became a symbol of freedom|
France’s attempts to defend the idea of the Republic through an illiberal ban on Islamic headscarves has backfired.
|Wednesday 23 March 2011|
|We don’t need to be saved from the ‘demon drink’|
The old temperance movement was made up of working men who promoted self-control. Today booze-bashing is the preserve of a killjoy elite.
|Monday 14 February 2011|
|Freedom Bill: good news and bad news|
The Lib-Cons’ overhaul of the vetting of adults who work with children doesn’t go nearly far enough.
|Wednesday 19 January 2011|
|Spain: the people’s war to stub out conformism|
Pinning rebellious tracts to their doors and daring the police to arrest them: behold Spanish bar-owners’ ‘insubmission’ to the smoking ban.
|Friday 7 January 2011|
|Now even clowns are spied on by the state|
In modern-day Britain, a man in a comedy suit can’t even blow up balloons for children without first being okayed by the authorities.
|Wednesday 29 December 2010|
|Send in the clowns: Britain’s bizarre new laws|
The hyperregulation of everyday life – from clown shows to live-music events to sipping wine in a park – speaks to a profound reorganisation of the relationship between state and society.
|Thursday 25 November 2010|
|Police on the verge of a nervous breakdown|
A crisis amongst Britain’s boys in blue has led to a proliferation of erratic street wardens and watchmen - and they’re ruining community spirit.
|Thursday 21 October 2010|
|Meet the Spaniards fighting to stub out authoritarianism|
Spanish thinkers, drinkers, smokers and non-smokers are rebelling against their government’s smoking ban. Let’s back them.
|Monday 13 September 2010|
|Why Sarkozy has declared war on his own population|
The expulsion of the Roma is not a simple case of racism. Rather, this act of aggression speaks to the profound crisis of the French Republic.
|Monday 6 September 2010|
|A licence to interfere in our everyday lives|
The Lib-Cons’ proposed reforms to the licensing laws would make them even more authoritarian and killjoy than they already are - no mean feat.