Public Debate

Why the Anti-lobbying Clause Is a Threat to Free Speech

Nick Trench | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Trench

One last thought. A concerted public protest needs to be mounted soon. Because after May 1st the clause itself will disallow publicly funded bodies from campaigning for its withdrawal.

In Defence of 'Dodgy'

Seth Alexander Thevoz | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Politics
Seth Alexander Thevoz

Monday's decision by the Speaker to eject veteran left-wing MP Dennis Skinner from the Commons, after the latter called the Prime Minister 'Dodgy Dave...

Vile Abuse Should Have No Place in Public Debate

Bob Morgan | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Tech
Bob Morgan

Half our population will have to consider the hazards of launching an entirely legitimate public campaign for fear of receiving nasty threatening messages - and this is a disgrace. We should compare Twitter and other social networking sites with real public places.

What is Atheism+ and do we need it?

Tony Sobrado | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Politics
Tony Sobrado

Much has been said in recent weeks following the unveiling of Atheism+, a form of social idealism enshrined in the philosophical precept of Atheism with its claws firmly wrapped around political philosophy. It is this uneasy marriage of the philosophy of Atheism with the apparent political philosophy of Atheism that has so far been met with appreciation but also bemusement and perplexity by both fellow Atheists and those engaged in mainstream politics.

The Olympics and Britain's Role in the World

Dr Jonathan Gilmore | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Jonathan Gilmore

I've never been the greatest enthusiast for London 2012 but I'll come clean... I enjoyed the Olympics opening ceremony despite trying really hard to discover things to sneer about.

Judging Judges - Is There a Need for Greater Judicial Scrutiny?

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 23.08.2012 | UK
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

Establishing judicial studies as a respectable and rigorous academic field could not only increase public understanding and interest in the judiciary, but it could also serve to improve the quality and openness of our legal system.