Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: A gateway to long term restrictions on the right to protest

Stella Ktenas highlights the permanent consequences of the The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on the right to protest, and the similar erosion of protest rights in Australia.

“The timing of this bill amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic falsely appears to be guided by a utilitarian logic to derogate the right to protest in favour of public health. However, we should question whether the government is using the pandemic as a trojan horse to impose lasting restrictions on protest rights to thwart their visibility and impact”

Opinion UK

A year on, what does the UK’s Covid story say about the government?

“Having now spent more time in my childhood bedroom than in Oxford since starting my course, I can’t help but ask: should we forgive the government’s initial mistakes and errors in light of the new vaccine success and limited knowledge we had of COVID a year ago?”

Sebastien Roberts analyses the UK government’s performance over the whole of the coronavirus pandemic so far.


No Religion Deserves Freedom from Ridicule

Oliver Buckingham argues that to place any faith beyond criticism is to threaten free and open discourse.

“No one deserves to live in fear for doing their job. And no religion deserves freedom from criticism. A secular, tolerant, open society rests on its citizens being able to question, and yes, even ridicule the institutions around them.”

Lifestyle Media Opinion Relationships

#Notallmen, but nearly all women.

TW: sexual assault I was sexually assaulted as a child. Since then, I have been groped in bars or large crowds, I’ve been catcalled, approached in public by men asking for my number or making comments about my tight running clothes, and I’ve been followed down a busy street by a man in broad daylight. Read More…

Current Affairs Opinion

The Mask Is Falling: Western-Chinese Sanctions and the Post-COVID Order

The CCP is forcing Western companies to make a choice: on the one hand, they can voice support their own countries’ liberal values, but lose access to the Chinese market. On the other, they can remain silent, continue to use the products of Chinese repression in their supply chains, and reap the profits from good relations with the CCP.