Another Chance to Sign the Free Speech Petition

Here is a link to the petition calling for an end to so called hate speech laws.  I am referring to it again because the petition appears to be losing momentum and I would like to see it reach the threshold of 100,000 signatures, which would trigger a debate in Parliament.  These petitions expire after 6 months and this one was created in…

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Further chilling development on the restriction of free expression

In a chilling development since my last post about the police warning the public not cause offence, see here, Suffolk Police have visited the home of a former Councillor, a Mr Boxford, to offer him ‘words of advice’ about his social media use, see here. The posts involved robust criticism of local politicians.  Suffolk police said: “Concerns were raised with…

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Petition to end ‘hate speech’ laws.

Here is a link to a petition to end ‘hate speech’ laws.  At the time of writing the petition has circa 17,000 signatories and the Government have responded.  Their response can be seen via the attached link and is reproduced below. “Current UK legislation values free speech and enables people who wish to engage in debate to do so -…

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Guarantees & Indemnities in Construction Contracts

A guarantee requires the guarantor to satisfy the obligations of one of the primary parties to a contract.  The beneficiary of a guarantee will have establish their actual loss resulting from the default of the primary party, net of any set off, in order to call on the guarantee. By contrast an indemnity requires the beneficiary of the same to be held harmless…

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POLICE TELL PUBLIC NOT TO CAUSE OFFENCE

Previously I have written an article setting out my philosophical objections to so called ‘hate speech’ laws, see here. In that article, I opined that such laws had a chilling effect on free speech because they were based on the nebulous concept of ‘hate’; even if certain speech does not infringe such laws, the police and the public may err…

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Google Faces Lawsuit

Two former Google employees, James Damore and David Gudeman have filed a Lawsuit against Google.  See here for a copy of the document.  James Damore was dismissed from his position at Google because of a memo titled ‘Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber’ (which is exhibited to the Lawsuit).  The memo  criticised his then employer’s ‘diversity’ policy and suggested that women’s underrepresentation in the science…

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Burden of Proof To Be Lowered in Barrister Disciplinary Proceedings

The Burden of Proof is due to be lowered in barrister disciplinary proceedings.  Currently the burden of proof for professional misconduct hearings for barristers, is the criminal standard, namely beyond reasonable doubt.  The burden is due to be lowered to the civil standard, namely the balance of probabilities. The change is subject to approval from the Legal Services Board.  If approved…

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Human Rights & The Never Again Justification; Part IV of IV (Conclusion)

So far I have argued the following: that human rights laws are not integral to the rule of law that international human rights laws have been ineffective in practice and this is due to a lack of consensus on the issues that human rights laws are designed to apply to that there is no transcendental justification for human rights laws…

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NEW PROPOSALS FOR TACKLING POLITICAL INTIMDATION

On the 13th December 2017, the Committee on Standards in Public Life, published its report titled ‘Intimidation in Public Life’; see here for the full report. The Report considered alleged attempts to intimidate Parliamentary Candidates at the last general election, primarily via social media, with the Prime Minister initiating the Inquiry in July of 2017. The Report reviews the current…

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Human Rights and the ‘Never Again’ Justification; Part III of IV

[Protesters, pictured above protest about the rate of murders committed against Boer/white farmers in South Africa.  According to the organisation Genocide-Watch, they are at risk of genocide, see here.  Are human rights laws likely to prevent genocide?  This is part 3 of a 4 part article examining the ‘Never Again’ justification for human rights laws; in other words the argument…

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