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Proposed changes to policing of protests appear intended to maintain a “state of denial”

Just a few further thoughts following on from yesterday’s post about the protesting around the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.   Concerns about definition of “aggravated activism” are understandable but may not be well-founded Concerns are continuing to be raised around potential developments in the policing of protests, the Guardian reports today. Two campaign … Continue reading “Proposed changes to policing of protests appear intended to maintain a “state of denial””

Angry scenes in Bristol should not distract from protestors’ central message: the right to engage in effective protest is in danger

As a visual and media spectacle, events in Bristol on Sunday might seem like a gift for proponents of the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 which started its journey through parliament last week. Faced with images of a burning police van, smashed police station windows and fireworks exploding in the middle of … Continue reading “Angry scenes in Bristol should not distract from protestors’ central message: the right to engage in effective protest is in danger”

When is a rule not a rule?

So it’s been just over a month since the story about the PM’s special advisor Dominic Cummings apparently breaking the coronavirus lockdown rules came to light. Did he? Didn’t he? Does anyone care now? Certainly it seems that Cummings’s possible transgressions are old news now that we are on the cusp of so-called “Super Saturday”, … Continue reading “When is a rule not a rule?”