25 June 2014

Named persons: spies in the family home

The Scottish government’s plan to provide every child with a ‘state guardian’ is downright scary.

13 March 2014

Busking: keep the streets free for music

It’s time to make a racket over Camden Council’s closing down of public space.

9 January 2014

A blank cheque to police public space

A new bill aimed at tackling ‘annoying’ behaviour represents an assault on public liberty.

26 September 2013

The councils spitting out bad laws

Why is Waltham Forest fining people for little more than bad manners?

31 July 2013

Illiberalism’s spitting image

UK councils can ban spitting, but no law in the land will ever make people more polite or respectful.

16 July 2013

The state’s ‘uncivilised’ treatment of volunteers

It is the government’s policy of suspicion towards carers that it is undermining help for older people.

4 July 2013

Making Marine Le Pen into a martyr of free speech

The threatened prosecution of Le Pen for stating an opinion is deeply undemocratic.

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.

Books 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.