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COVID 19 – THE NEED FOR DISSENT

Whether you agree or disagree with the unprecedented Covid 19 legislation, the need for dissent is vital.  Even if the Government is ‘right’ on this occasion, they may be ‘wrong’ on other occasions, and thus dissent should not be discouraged.  The dissenting opinions are not dangerous if they can be refuted with reason and evidence, whereas the suppression of dissent…

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10 ANTI FREE SPEECH ARGUMENTS REBUTTED

In this article I rebut ten anti-free speech arguments succinctly.  I consider them to be either facile, disingenuous, misleading or a combination of any of the aforementioned. Some of these arguments are an attempt to either justify censorship or to avoid having to justify censorship.  Others do not support censorship, but they are anti free speech in the sense that…

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Tribunal in Casamitjana v League Against Cruel Sports finds ethical veganism to be a protected characteristic

BY ABGIAL LENART UPDATE ON PREVIOUS ARTICLE Tribunal in Casamitjana v League Against Cruel Sports finds ethical veganism to be a protected characteristic Jordi Casamitjana, who describes himself as an ‘ethical vegan,’ brought a claim against his former employer, League Against Cruel Sport, for unfair dismissal after disclosing to other employees that its pension fund was being invested in companies…

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As 350,000 people worldwide are predicted to sign up to Veganuary 2020 – are their rights protected under the Equality Act 2010?

ARTICLE BY ABIGAIL LENART The Vegan Society commissioned Ipsos Mori in 2016 to poll 10,000 people on their dietary habits and found that there were around 540,000 vegans in the UK. If the predictions of charity ‘Veganuary’ are accurate in the number of people pledging to try veganism in January, this number is likely to increase. Veganism is defined by…

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EMPLOYMENT LAW & FREE SPEECH: THE INADEQUACIES OF THE GRAINGER CRITERIA

HERE is the judgment in the case of Maya Forstater v CGD Europe & others. I will say little in this article about the specific belief in question and instead consider the wider issue of when a belief is likely to fail the final Grainger criterion, namely being worth of respect in a democratic society, being compatible with human dignity…

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