Crippen asks is protesting still a fundamental right?

Crippen Cartoons

Guardian journalist John Crace sums up the government’s current attitude towards protest in his usual witty style.

He writes: “The right to protest is a fundamental liberty, Patel insisted. Just so long as it wasn’t done in a way that was noisy or annoying to her. From now on, any protest must be done in a whisper – preferably between 11 and 11.15 in the morning – and only be on government-approved topics …”

Witty indeed, but perhaps bringing to our attention a leaning from government towards restricting even more of our most basic civil rights … like the right to protest.

While we’ve all been distracted by stories from the Windsor dynasty and how much Boris has spent on his new briefing room (how much?!) they’ve been pushing through the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which has just had its second reading. Proposals to allow police…

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