‘The very idea of public space has vanished in Britain’

Josie Appleton says that the trend towards policing public spaces is squishing British public life.

With new laws passed in Camden, north London, that will force buskers to apply for licences before they set up and play, it seems that the authorities in the UK are becoming more and more intent on sucking all of the fun out of public spaces. But where has the killjoy urge to mediate, meddle in and control public space come from? What impact is this having on British public life? And, most importantly, how can we go about challenging this illiberal and miserable trend? We spoke to the director of the Manifesto Club, Josie Appleton, to find out more.


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