INTERNET CENSORSHIP

HERE is a campaign organized by the Anti-Defamation League for advertisers to boycott Facebook for a month.  The organisation lists 10 demands that should be addressed immediately, although apparently these will not be sufficient to address the problem. The demands include removing groups that promote ‘climate denialism’ and ‘vaccine misinformation’.  It also includes requiring Facebook to evaluate policies for ‘bias’…

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TUCKER CARLSON – ANARCHO-TYRANNY

TUCKER CARLSON provided an interesting analysis of the horrific events currently taking place in the United States, last Saturday.  He did not use the expression anarcho-tyranny, but this seems to be what he was referring to, when he contrasted the ruthless response of state bureaucrats to infringement of petty rules, against the impotent response of the state to the savage…

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CHALLEN JUDGMENT

In a HIGH COURT JUDGMENT    last week, the Court exercised its discretion under the Forfeiture Act 1892, to allow the Claimant, Sally Challen to inherit her deceased husband’s estate, despite being convicted of his manslaughter.  The COURT OF APPEAL JUDGMENT contains many of the facts relevant to the criminal proceedings. The Court of Appeal ruled that Ms Challen’s murder conviction…

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IS THE COVID 19 LEGISLATION A STEP TOO FAR IN THE RESTRICTION OF FREEDOMS? – BY ABIGAIL LENART

THE COVID 19 LEGISLATION & CIVIL LIBERTIES When there is a state of emergency, there is a danger that executive power oversteps their role in legislating what is necessary and proportionate in the situation. In conjunction with the general widespread hysteria portrayed by the media, the public are less likely to notice provisions in emergency legislation that are ‘shoe-horned’ in…

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IS NATIONALISM A PROTECTED BELIEF?

I am involved in an employment case where the Claimant is claiming that she has been the subject of direct discrimination due to her philosophical belief, namely nationalism, contrary to the Equality Act 2010.      The Respondent has reserved it position until my client’s witness evidence has been served, but they have indicated that they are likely to concede that…

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Further Thoughts On Hate Speech Laws

I have written previously about hate speech laws, see here. In ‘The Harm in Hate Speech’ [1]Jeremy Waldron uses the concept of human dignity to justify hate speech laws.  In particular he examines the concept within the context of ‘group libel’, which he views as an attack on the dignity of members of the relevant group.[2]  He also seeks to…

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Corporal Punishment and Retribution

Introduction I have written previously about retribution as a justification for the punishment of criminals, in the context of an article on capital punishment, see here.  The purpose of this article is to elaborate on that justification and to examine the human rights argument against corporal punishment. Retribution It is important to distinguish retribution from mere revenge.  To take revenge…

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Lawsuit Against SPLC

See here for details of a lawsuit against the SPLC by a lawyer, formerly employed by the City of Baltimore.  The grounds of the lawsuit, include the allegation that the SPLC paid for stolen documents and documents covered by Attorney-Client privilege.  Here is an article by the SPLC about the complainant. The lawsuit ties in with this article I wrote,…

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BREXIT CHALLENGE THROWN OUT BY HIGH COURT

Another legal challenge to Brexit was thrown out today by Mr Justice Ouseley sitting in the High Court.  The challenge was based on alleged irregularities in spending by Vote Leave.  The matter will not proceed to a full hearing due to the delay in bringing the challenge and the case's lack of merit. It is important to see the challenge…

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COMPELLED SPEECH – LIBERALISM UNMAKSED

For the majority of legal commentators, the Ashers’ Bakery judgment,  was a no-brainer; the bakers objected to the message and not the messenger and for this reason, had the lawful entitlement to refuse to provide their services.  However, writing for the Constitutional Law Blog, two academics from Keele University, objected to the judgment; here - part 1 & here -…

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