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Free speech matters for everyone

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Simon Hills tackles the idea that censorship is in our own interests to protect us from nutters, the prurient or unconventional

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Bullies' bulletin #25

Wednesday April 16, 2014

More bans from around the world, this time on outdoor smoking, snacks in schools and names on Easter eggs in our latest Bullies’ Bulletin – Oh! and some liberalism in Munich!!

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Review of the week ending 13 April

The Free Society’s review of online commentary and unusual or obscure reporting from blogs, websites and newspapers from the last two weeks…

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Criminalising vapers – the next logical step?

Wales is looking to ban e-cigs in enclosed public spaces. Brian Monteith is not surprised at yet more bullying.

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Bullies’ Bulletin #24

More novel bans from around the world, including Vaportinis, kitchen knives and microbeads (!) in our latest Bullies’ Bulletin

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BBC comment boards show public health has no credibility

Chris Oakley explains why public health is no longer fooling anyone other than the political elite and the odd “journalist”

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Suggesting smaller pizzas behind our backs: the deceitful nastiness continues...

The government has been exposed for deceiving the public by advocating smaller portions without price cuts – Brian Monteith says it’s no wonder people are turning to UKIP

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Protect our children – from nasty politicians

The government has announced standardised restricted packaging of tobacco is a certainty. Brian Monteith argues why it is just yet more deceptive politics.

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Review of the week ending 31st March

Our review of online commentary and unusual or obscure reporting from blogs, websites and newspapers that you may have missed – stories in no particular order…

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Looking for scientific evidence? Avoid medical journals and the UK media

Chris Oakley looks at how reporting of scientific “evidence” requires background research to establish its veracity

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Why e-cigs could be the saviour of ASH

Unfortunately for the tolerant majority that want an open and liberal society the rising popularity of e-cigs is likely to disguise the failure of tobacco control, says Brian Monteith

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The end of compulsory annuities is another defeat for the Bully State

Pension reform has brought a new defining line for personal freedom that politicians should learn from, says Brian Monteith