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Catch us on Newsnight…..

By Angela Harbutt
July 30th, 2010 at 8:19 pm | 3 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Julian Harris (Director of our very own LV) has been interviewed for tonight’s Newsnight, looking at the Lib Dems conference agenda and what it means for our role in the Coalition. Goodness only knows what that means …or indeed what he has said…..fingers crossed!

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For your tax money today… @2degreelimit

By Julian Harris
July 29th, 2010 at 2:23 pm | 2 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

It comes to my attention that the Foreign Office (FCO) are employing a Digital Campaign Manager for Climate Change.

Jolly good.

As part of her no-doubt-vital remit, she’s posting stuff on Twitter under the name “Climate Charlotte”.

Click here for this crucial service: http://twitter.com/2degreelimit

Note: the above appeared on Guido this morning. Apologies for not citing, only just became aware of this.

Sorry for the down-time

By admin
July 29th, 2010 at 2:21 pm | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

It seems like you kids just can’t get enough of us. Due to going over our limit, this blog went down at the end of last month, and yesterday too.

Thankfully we’ve given them a shed load’a cash to stop this happening again, so fingers crossed.

Thanks for your patience.

Democracy

By Tom Papworth
July 22nd, 2010 at 4:24 pm | 3 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Democracy is a term we use to dignify the mechanisms by which the few govern the many. The many generally bear this subjection with stoicism. Occasionally they rebel and seek to establish a genuinely populist movement. But soon the new populism falls into the hands of its own elite, self-serving, self-referential and indignant when challenged.

Jonathan Clark
Hall Distinguished Professor of British History
University of Kansas

GUEST POST: Jon Gower Davies on “hate crimes”

By admin
July 21st, 2010 at 12:30 pm | 5 Comments | Posted in Book Review, UK Politics

After and over the best part of 400 years we in Britain managed to construct a relatively free civil and civilised society in which religious and secular life could flourish in public and mutual agreement and disagreement, vigorously and occasionally scatologically critical the one of the other.

Now, however, this public debate has been circumscribed by classifying such argument and such difference as expressing little more than ‘hatred’, a new criminal offence: And, alerted to a looming illiberality by a series of ‘hate’ laws relating to race, religion, gender, age, and physical disability and by the ludicrous ambitions of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, all freedom-loving people would be well-advised to check on the legality of their public utterances before they make them – hypocrisy being the best policy.

In our new publication, we show how, in pursuit of ‘hatred’, the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service destroyed the free speech and independent existence of two ordinary citizens of Liverpool, a story pregnant with implications for all of us. When messrs Cameron and Clegg get round to their promised ‘Bonfire of the Banalities’, then the laws relating to religious hatred in particular should be the first into the flames.

As these two bold politicians told the House of Commons in June 2005, these laws ‘disproportionately curtail freedom of expression, worsen community relations as different religious and belief groups call for the prosecution of their opponents, create uncertainty as to what words or behaviour are lawful and lead to the selective application of the law in a manner likely to bring it into disrepute’. Our book looks to demonstrate how true this is.

Jon Gower Davies is a former lecturer at the University of Newcastle and former Labour Councillor on Newcastle City Council.

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