A bill was introduced in the 2021 Queen’s Speech that introduced a bold approach to restoring academic freedom and meaningful debate at universities. Why isn’t it yet in the Statute Book?
As drafted it would let many of those who block highways and vandalise property get away with it, just as they do today.
A woman has just been arrested not even for speaking, but for thinking, the wrong thoughts. And it is a policy that could be rolled out across the country.
The most alarmingly disproportionate restrictions against the freedom to protest in the Public Order Bill aren’t targeted against ambulance-blockers but against people who hold pro-life views.
The move toward legalising every corner of life undermines community accountability, politicises justice, and paves the way for legally privileging fashionable causes over others.