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Criminal Justice Bill: an attack on our liberties, Academy of Ideas substack, 30 May

Are we sleepwalking into Orwell’s nightmare? Index on Censorship, 22 May

Pensioner issued “community protection warning” over drifting leaves, LBC, 17 May

New police powers ‘would mean more injustices’, LocalGov, 17 May

Your garden waste is anti-social!, Daily Mail, 17 May

‘Busybody councils’ prosecuting residents who feed foxes and lackluster gardeners, Sunday Telegraph, 9 March

Hotel owner compares Blackpool to ‘living in China’ after being handed dog poo warning, Lancs Live, 9 March

Is this really how councils raise funds now?, Guardian, 22 February

Primary school kids could be slapped with £500 ‘Asbo’ fines for ‘feeding neighbour’s cat, GB News, 3 January

Kids aged ten could be fined £500 for playing football under strict new law, Birmingham Mail, 3 January

Children as young as ten could be fined £500 for playing football under ‘busybody orders’, Sun, 3 January

Children as young as TEN years old could face £500 ‘Asbo’ fines for breaching ‘busybody orders’ that can be used to ban playing football, Daily Mail, 2 January

Feeding the birds is not ‘anti-social behaviour’, spiked, 1 December

The insidious powers lurking in the Criminal Justice Bill, Spectator, 28 November

The Manifesto Club report on CPNs was covered on 24 and 25 September by the Telegraph, Mail, MailOnline, Times, Sun, Express. It was also on Times Radio (2h31m)

The creeping criminalisation of everyday life, spiked, 26 September

Warwickshire hunt ordered to give police seven days notice if they want to cross the road, Daily Telegraph, 13 August

Record number of English and Welsh councils use private firms for litter fines, Guardian, 10 August

Welcome to ‘asbo Britain 2.0’ – the new Tory plan to turn voters against vulnerable people, Guardian, 1 August

The Manifesto Club report on PSPOs was covered on 20 July in the Guardian, Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, MSN,, ITV News, Independent, Totnes Today, Birmingham Live, Yahoo News, Yahoo Sport

Campaigners call for community protection notices to be scrapped as report warns of danger of ‘unchecked powers’, Daily Mail, 2 July

‘Cowboy’ laws ban model planes and bikinis in own garden, Sunday Telegraph, 1 July

Josie Appleton was on the Alan Miller show, 1 July

How picking UP litter can trigger fines as high as 1000 pounds, Daily Mail, 25 June

Sunak’s cruel war on the homeless, spiked, 29 March

The neo-feudal takeover of local councils, spiked, 1 February 2023

Walking dogs on beaches and accidental littering landing thousands in court, Sunday Telegraph, 28 January

LTNs and the policy of virtuous obstruction, Notes on Freedom, 19 January

Battle woman fined £400 for putting waste in bin, 11 January, BBC News

Josie Appleton was on BBC South East Today, on 10 January, to discuss fly tipping fines for a lady who cleaned up her street.

Manifesto Club research was discussed in the House of Lords, 27 October 2022

PayPal is acting like a feudal overlord, Notes on Freedom, 13 October

The dutiful citizens left feeling like criminals, Daily Mail, 30 August 2022

After Manifesto Club reports exposing incentivised enforcement, Defra minister wrote to councils reminding them of their responsibilities. The letter was published online on 26 August, on

Councils are becoming dependent on fines for revenue, says report, LBC News, 22 August 2022

Councils encouraging ‘cut throat’ market in enforcement, Local Gov, 22 August

We discussed private security guards fining on BBC Radio Sussex, 21 August 2022

Most councils employing private police forces pay them per fine, Daily Telegraph, 21 August

Woke police officers open ‘ hate incident’ file after boy, 11, is called ‘shorty’ and ‘leprechaun’, Daily Mail, 27 June

Woke police officers open ‘hate incident’ file after boy, 11, was called a ‘shorty’, The Sun, 26 June

Stop using rogue rubbish police to boost coffers, councils told, Telegraph, 15 June

Want to hold a Jubilee street party? You’ll have to fill in a counter-terrorism form first, Daily Telegraph, 13 May

20 safety officers axed in Croydon’s latest ‘cuts by stealth’, Inside Croydon, 25 April

Fined for dropping a thread, Daily Telegraph, 20 April

France’s ‘Freedom Convoy’ isn’t going away, Spectator, 15 February

The Ottowa ‘Freedom Convoy’ comes to France, Unherd, 11 Februrary

Locals fight back against ‘profiteering’ litter police in Llandudno, The Times, 29 January 2022

Councils lobby for right to fine speeding drivers, Daily Telegraph, 24 July

How councils became parallel police forces, spiked, 5 July

The Manifesto Club’s report on local authorities was covered on 21 June in the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Local Government Lawyer,, MSN News, The Times (Saturday), and local papers including the East London Guardian.

The Manifesto Club’s report on PSPOs and CPNs was covered in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Standard’s Morning Briefing, Metro, Shropshire Star, Express and Star, and Kent Online, and dozens of local papers, on 18 September. We discussed the report on LBC, TalkRadio, and RTTV.

Covid marshals and the rise of the busybody state, Josie Appleton, spiked, 17 September

The Manifesto Club’s photo album ‘Coronavirus Park Police’ was covered in The Times, 9 May

The strange death of public space, spiked, 14 January

Extinction Rebellion targets key media sites including the BBC’s Broadcasting House and newspaper print works in war on free speech, Mail on Sunday, 28 December

‘Wanton’ cycling, swearing and putting golf balls are all on growing list of activities that could land you with a council fine, Daily Mail, 27 December

‘Wanton’ cycling and swearing among acts banned by councils, Guardian, 27 December

Councils tear down posters for church services and cancer charity boot sales, Wellston Journal, 30 November

Councils taking ‘zero tolerance’ approach to community posters, Local Gov, 25 November

Councils tear down posters for church services, cancer charity boot sales and hospice Christmas fairs amid fears over a ‘silencing of public spaces’, Mail on Sunday, 24 November

Council plan to take on aggressive begging and rough sleepers in Southend expected to be implemented before Christmas, Yellow Advertiser, 14 November

Neighbors Try for Restraining Order Over Yoga Move,, 5 November 2019

Former magistrate barred from going into hospital to care for the dying, Daily Telegraph, 2 November

Private litter forces hand out more than 210,000 fines in a year…, Daily Mail, 17 August

Private firms issue 86% of councils’ 250,000 fines for dropping litter, Guardian, 17 August

Litter fines by private contractors employed by councils soar over 200,000 in just one year, Telegraph, 16 August

Polite society: why are British cities banning swearing?, Guardian, 7 August 2019

First they came for the smokers…, spiked, 5 August

Is blackfacing beyond the pale?, Manick Govinda, Index on Censorship, 2 July

The Manifesto Club’s report on CPNs (published on 20 June) featured in the Daily Mail, Telegraph, Mirror, Sun, The Times, i-news, Sunday Times, Saturday Mirror, Manchester Evening News, BBC News headlines, and many other local papers. We discussed the report on Sky News, Talk Radio, and BBC Radio Norfolk.

Birmingham considers PSPO to break up school demo, Local Government Chronicle, 21 May 2019

Only two dog control fines issued in South Tyneside in 2018, figures reveal, The Shields Gazette, 29 April

Eight people fined for begging by Barking and Dagenham Council, Barking and Dagenham Post, 29 April

Southend begging ban is ‘firmly targeted at the homeless’, Echo, 25 April

Kind-hearted woman starts appeal to help homeless man after he’s fined £100 for begging, i-news, 23 April

Councils accused of ‘social cleansing’ of homeless people by issuing fines, Daily Echo, 23 April

Councils issue nearly 10,000 fines for ‘anti-social’ behaviour, LocalGov, 23 April

Council spend on homeless ‘drops £1bn a year’, Public Finance, 24 April

People in Peterborough are fined more than anywhere else in the country for these things, Cambridgeshire Live, 23 April

Council jobsworths slap £100 fines for SWEARING in the street, Sun, 20 April

Councils accused of ‘social cleansing’ of homeless people, Central Fife Times, 19 April

63 people handed fines for urinating in the street in Colchester, Braintree and Witham Times, 19 April

Nearly 10,000 people slapped with petty fines such as SWEARING by councils, Daily Star, 19 April

Number of fines issued for violations of “petty” council orders soars, Mirror, 19 April

Kent councils issue 114 fines under Public Space Protection Orders, Kent Online, 19 April

We discussed PSPOs on Sky News TV, Sky News Radio, and TalkRadio

Huge rise in number of £100 fines being given to homeless people, Metro, 19 April

Councils criticised for using anti-social behaviour powers to fine people for feeding the birds, swearing and school drop-offs, Daily Telegraph, 19 April

Councils accused of ‘social cleansing’ as fines issued for rough sleeping in breach of government guidelines, Independent, 19 April

Huge increase in Public Spaces Protection Order fines, BBC News, 19 April

Fines for leaving belongings unattended and swearing in the street: On-the-spot £100 penalties rise fourfold in two years thanks to ‘busybody’ councils, Daily Mail, 19 April

Quarter of fines for breaching ‘petty’ council orders issues in Peterborough, Peterborough Telegraph, 19 April

Claims new council powers to tackle begging a ‘form of social cleansing’, Dorset Echo, 19 April

Bird lover hit with £50 ‘littering’ fine for feeding seagulls, Metro, 26 March

McDonald’s customer fined £50 for littering after throwing McMuffin to seagulls, Sun, 26 March

Wildlife lover is fined £50 for ‘littering’ after a warden spotted him throwing ‘tiny pieces’ of a McDonald’s McMuffin to seagulls from his car, Daily Mail, 26 March

Home dog boarders being forced out of business by ‘barking mad’ regulations, Daily Telegraph, 31 December

‘Unprecedented’ vetting and criminal records checks are putting parents off helping out at their children’s schools, say campaigners, Mail Online, 30 December

Thousands of parents who volunteer at schools are being subjected to ‘unprecedented levels of surveillance’, report finds, Sunday Telegraph, 29 December

Josie Appleton discussed fines for street drinking on BBC Radio Wales, 12 November

‘Woman, 81, banned from wearing a bikini’, Sunday Telegraph, 11 November

The Ludicrous Things Councils Are Outlawing with PSPOs, VICE Magazine, 3 October

Josie Appleton discussed private companies issuing fines, on BBC Radio Sussex, 13 September

Busybody Britain, The Sun, 26 July

Join the fight against PSPOs, spiked, 17 July

Councils rake in huge fines for golfing, busking and bird feeding, The Times, 1 July

Couple banned from looking next door, The Times, 29 June

Couple threatening legal action against cops after being banned from LOOKING at neighbour’s house, The London Economic, 28 June

Couple banned from LOOKING into their neighbours’ home, Mail Online, 28 June

The rise of the new ASBOs, BBC Victoria Derbyshire, 27 June

The couple banned from staring through neighbours’ windows, BBC News, 27 June

Homeless people are jailed and fined 1000 pounds, Carthage Standard, 19 June

Councils criticised for banning anti-abortion protests, Local Gov, 30 May

Abortion clinic buffer zones set ‘dangerous precedent’ for freedom of speech, campaigners say, Daily Telegraph, 28 May

Homeless people are jailed and fined £1,000 as councils crack down on rough sleepers, Metro, 21 May

Why a growing number of homeless people are being fined and jailed, The Week, 21 May

Jailed for being homeless, RT, 21 May

Hundreds of homeless people fined and imprisoned in England and Wales, Guardian, 20 May

Abortion buffer zones breach freedom of speech, Christian Institute, 16 May

‘Freedom of Expression’, letter to The Times, 15 May

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC Radio Oxford, 13 April

This is why you could be fined 2500 for crying in your own home, The Sun, 30 March

Householders threatened by the bin police, Daily Mail, 17 February

£100,000 fine threat over wood left for builder, Sunday Times, 4 February

Josie Appleton discussed on-spot fines on BBC radio Sussex, 1 February

Stop this war on the homeless, spiked, 24 January

‘Busybody’ orders are now unlawful, Press Association, 15 January

Councils That Ban Rough Sleeping Say Guidance Not To Target Homeless People Doesn’t Apply To Them, BuzzFeed, 9 January

Councils warned not to abuse anti-social behaviour powers, Local Gov, 2 January

Councils told not to fine rough sleepers, Sunday Times, 24 December

Josie Appleton discussed on-spot fines on BBC Radio Wales, 19 December

A Council Could Fine a Woman £20,000 for Looking Into a Cafe, Vice Magazine, 15 December

Council defends banning man from being ‘persistently naked’ in his front garden in Tonbridge, Kent Live, 14 December

Josie Appleton discussed on-spot fines on BBC Radio Kent, 13 December

People in Tonbridge can no longer sunbathe naked in their garden, Kent Live, 12 December

Councils issuing more than 4,000 CPNs a year, Local Gov, 11 December

Thousands of people are hit by Asbos for feeding birds, letting their dogs bark and failing to recycle properly, Mail on Sunday, 10 December

Public space orders ‘make innocent behaviour offences’, BBC News, 9 December

Council slammed for “dehumanising” homeless man by placing bright yellow warning signs around him, The London Economic, 8 December

Britain’s blitz on the homeless, Mail Online, 8 December

Rough sleepers hounded off Britain’s streets, The Times, 8 December

Encroachment of public space in the UK: how does it restrict our right to protest?, Open Democracy, 6 December

Storm in a teacup! Cafe boss will be hit with £20,000 fine if she even glances at rival tea shop next door in bitter village row, Daily Mail, 3 December

Council bans Salhouse café owner from looking at rival as tensions in village rise, Eastern Daily Press, 5 December

‘The limits of protest and free speech’, Legal Action, November 2017

Josie Appleton discussed on-spot fines on Channel 5, 25 October

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC Radio Oxford, 25 October

The Age of the ASBO: How Britain Became a Police State, Vice Magazine, 10 October

We must barricade our homes against the state, Notes on Freedom, 7 September

Shropshire Council defends ‘busybody’ fines, Shropshire Star, 3 August

Simply Ravin’, Municipal Journal, 2 August

Nearly half of councils using powers to ban anti-social behaviour, Local Gov, 31 July

‘Busybody’ councils prohibit swearing, shouting and dog-walking, The Times, 31 July

Concern at ‘busybody’ council powers targeting swearing, dog walking and busking, AOL, 31 July

Failing to clean your windows and feeding birds could land you with a fine under new laws brought in by councils, Daily Mail, 31 July

‘Busybody’ councils ban swearing, lying down and playing music, Yahoo news, 31 July

Four fold increase in fines under ‘busybody charter’, Daily Telegraph, 31 July

How begging, bhangra music and bad driving have led to growing PSPO fines, Press Association, 31 July

Councils fining more people than ever for swearing, busking and dog walking, Metro, 31 July

Outrage after children’s author denied visa, Bookseller, 20 July

Josie Appleton discussed on-spot fines on Heart FM, 30 May

Call for ‘urgent’ action as Kent’s private litter police issue more than £1.3m of fines a year, Kent Live, 21 May

Litter wardens earn £1,000 bonuses if they hand out £75 on the spot fines for minor offences including dropping orange peel or pouring away coffee, Daily Mail, 16 May

‘Litter police’ given £1,000 bonuses for targeting public with £75 fines, Yahoo News, 16 May

Private litter wardens earn £1,000 bonuses for issuing fines, The Times, 16 May

‘Litter police’ get bonuses to target public, Panorama finds, BBC News, 15 May

Privately contracted ‘Litter Police’ awarded hefty bonuses for hitting ticketing targets, Daily Post, 16 May

‘Inside the Litter Police’, Panorama, BBC1, 15 May

Private sector litter enforcers earn up to £1,000 a MONTH in bonuses, Mail Online, 15 May

Litter ‘police’ paid bonuses to hand out fines to public, investigation finds, Daily Telegraph, 15 May

Litter ‘Stasi’ are handing out 380 spot fines a day as concerns grow over private wardens given police-style powers, Daily Mail, 15 May

Josie Appleton discussed the corruption of punishment on Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Kent, BBC Radio Coventry, BBC Radio West Midlands, BBC Radio Essex, LBC Radio, Radio 4’s You and Yours, BBC Radio Scotland, and BBC TV South-East, on 15 and 16 May

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC Radio Northampton, 8 May

Josie Appleton was quoted on PSPOs in the Sunday Telegraph, 30 April

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC Radio York, 13 April

More than 50,000 children cannot join the Scouts because a lack of free time and vetting rules are putting off adults from volunteering, Daily Mail, 11 April

Josie Appleton discussed litter fines on Radio Wales, 10 April

Here’s how you could be fined £2,500 for CRYING in your own home, the Sun, 9 April

UK immigration laws are stifling culture, spiked, 14 March

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs banning swearing on BBC 3 Counties Radio, LBC, BBC Radio Dorset, 3 March

Josie Appleton discussed hyperregulation on RT TV, 24 February

The busybody state: when it’s a crime to sweep up leaves,, 22 February 2017

Josie Appleton discussed on-spot fines on BBC Radio Kent, 16 February

Josie Appleton discussed ‘Officious’ on the Zero Books Podcast, 26 January

The “Weirding” of Sex, City Journal, 23 January

Josie Appleton discussed ‘Officious’ and anti-social behaviour on the spiked podcast, 14 January

England’s Creeping Nanny State, Reason Magazine, 12 January

Turning neighbour against neighbour, spiked, 11 January

Review of Officious,, 9 January

The rise of the officious state, spiked, 9 November

The busybody state is on the rise – and it is ticking us all off, Open Democracy, 13 December

Homeless risk being criminalised with fines for accepting food donations, Care Appointments (Press Association), 9 December

The rise of the Busybody State, IoI podcast, 9 November

Busybody Public Officials Now Outnumber British Police by 5,000, Heatstreet, 6 December

Josie Appleton discussed ‘Officious’ on Newstalk, Dublin, 5 December

Josie Appleton discussed ‘Officious’ on the Alex Merced show, 25 December

Mayland’s ‘Nuisance Peacocks’ debated on BBC One, Maldon Standard, 12 November

Brits Fined and Prosecuted for Weeds, Weeping, and Whippoorwills, New American, 9 November

Newham Council issued thousands of warnings for messy gardens and rough sleeping, Newham Recorder, 8 November

Why this childhood prank could land your kids with a criminal record, Coventry Telegraph, 7 November

In Britain, Feeding Birds or Crying in Your Own Home Can Bring Fines in Crackdown on Anti-Social Behavior, CNS News, 3 November

Rough sleepers penalised via council loophole, group claims, Hackney Citizen (cover story), 3 November

Now people are getting criminal records for not cleaning their windows, Canary, 1 November

Criminal records handed to people who don’t clean their windows, Evening Standard, 1 November

Criminal record and a £100 fine for anyone heard crying too loudly at home, i-news, 1 November

Josie Appleton discussed CPNs on Daily Politics, BBC 2, 1 November

The council which banned crying in your own home,, 31 October

Councils urged to limit use of Community Protection Notices, Localgov, 31 October

How failing to clean your windows or tidy your garden could leave you with a criminal record, Daily Mail, 31 October

Councils threaten legal action for messy gardens or loud TV,, 31 October

Dog parks and dog-free zones: the UK of the future?, Telegraph, 24 October

Dog walking banned in thousands of parks under ‘busybodies’ charter’, Telegraph, 21 October

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC Three Counties Radio, 11 October

Josie Appleton discussed litter fines on BBC Radio West Midlands, 28 September

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, on 19 September

Josie Appleton discussed private companies issuing fines on BBC Radio Kent, 15 September

‘You’re going to kill off the sheep’, The Forest Review, 10 August

Council faces backlash over powers to ban gatherings of two people,, 8 August

Protest over council ‘blank cheque powers’, ITV news, 7 August

Street protest over new laws ‘violating public freedoms’, ITV news, 5 August

The council which banned sleeping,, 5 August

Council officials are using these new rules to ban pretty much everything, Architecture Foundation, 5 August

Banning orders in Oxford and Banbury among “worst in UK”, Oxford Mail, 5 August

Group plans protests against local councils’ anti-social behaviour powers, Daily Express, 4 August

Council “busybodies” challenged over Public Spaces Protection Orders, Conservative Home, 4 August

Ancient grazing rights threatened as controversial baaaaaaad behaviour orders used to criminalise sheep, Daily Telegraph, 4 August

Two of Oxfordshire’s proposed banning orders ranked in top 20 worst in UK, Oxford Mail, 4 August

Protest over village sheep ban, The Times, 4 August

Claims new powers behind Cambridge punt tout ban give councils ‘blank cheque’ to ban things, Cambridge News, 8 July

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC Radio Devon, 15 June

Josie Appleton discussed outdoor smoking bans on Heart radio, 9 June

Our ‘Football Fans Not Criminals’ launch was written up on The Anfield Wrap, 8 June

PSPOs: the rise of the sneakiest law of modern times, Big Issue, 9 May

Scouting for controversy: why paedo panic is bad for everyone, spiked, 5 May

Let London be spontaneous, spiked, 4 May

Scouts waiting list reaches 35,000 as volunteers are ‘scared off by overboard child protection checks’, Daily Telegraph, 2 May

Waiting list to join Scouts hits 35,000 as abuse hysteria is blamed for shortage of leaders, Daily Mail, 1 May

Begging ban could increase problems with homelessness in Brighton, Argus, 8 April

Essex council forced to amend law banning ‘rough sleepers’, LocalGov, 8 April

A couple of bad decisions and we’re homeless, Argus, 8 April

On the spot fines for beggars slammed as “form of pest control”, Argus, 6 April

Labour police commissioner candidate pledges a ‘war on wasters’, Wales Online, 29 March

Stop targeting football fans with ‘draconian laws’, says campaign group, Guardian, 28 March

Bypassing the byelaws – councils serve public order of the day, LexisPSL, 22 March

Town hall chiefs hit back over claims they are ‘criminalising young people’ with controversial new powers, Bolton News, 17 March 2016

River Cam becomes battlefield for civil liberties as council seeks to ban punting touts, Daily Telegraph, 14 March

London council bans ‘standing in pairs’ in town centre – unless you’re at a bus stop, Metro, 29 February

Josie Appleton discussed the PSPOs report on media including: BBC Radio Sussex, Radio Hertfordshire and Worcester, BBC Points West TV, RT TV, Radio Wiltshire, Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, BBC Radio Northampton, Talk Talk Radio (Dublin), and BBC Three Counties Radio

It’s now illegal to be annoying, The Times, 29 February

‘Bizarre and draconian’ powers to ban everything but shopping in Swindon town centre enforced today, Western Daily Press, 29 February

More councils threatening homeless people with £1000 fines for begging and rough sleeping, Daily Mirror, 29 February

PSPOs: Councils using new powers to ban and punish legal activities, Independent, 29 February

London councils pass rules to ban people from standing in pairs, Evening Standard, 29 February

Lucky charms, chalk drawings and carrying a golf bag: litany of new ‘pseudo-crimes’, Daily Telegraph, 29 February

Golf bags and card tricks banned under ‘busybodies’ charter’, Mail Online, 29 February

Golf bags and remote-controlled cars banned under ‘busybodies charter’, Guardian, 29 February

How to criminalise virtually everyone, Liberal Democrat Voice, 29 February

Josie Appleton discussed ‘PSPOs: A Busybodies’ Charter’ on the Today Programme, BBC Radio Four. (Listen here)

Should a single council officer have the power to ban beggars?, Plymouth Herald, 29 February

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC Radio Sussex, 29 February

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC Radio Devon, 12 February

Shambles checking process means innocent people could be mistaken for paedophiles, inquiry warns, Daily Mail, 5 February

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC Radio Wales, 3 February

Parents face £100 fines if they drop children at school gate, the Sun, 2 February

Parents face £100 fines if they drop their children at the school gate, Daily Mail, 2 February

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC Radio Leicestershire, 27 January

Josie Appleton discussed DNA dog databases on BBC Radio London, 21 January

Josie Appleton discussed outdoor smoking bans on BBC Radio Kent, 19 January

Concerns expressed over impact of new Public Space Protection Order passed by Kettering Council, Northamptonshire Telegraph, 30 December

Feeding the ducks could land you with a fine for littering, The Sun, 27 December

Litter firm compared to the Stasi makes £2million profit as it issues 116 fines a DAY, Mail on Sunday, 27 December

Criminal records checks ‘highest in four years’, The Herald, 26 December

‘Pointless’ criminal checks still increasing: Choristers, flower arrangers and church bell ringers on the long list of people who had to have backgrounds looked into, Daily Mail, 26 December

Criminal records checks for choir members, bell ringers, flower arrangers at highest level for four years, Daily Telegraph, 26 December

Josie Appleton discussed litter fines on BBC Radio West Midlands, 24 November

French ‘state of emergency’: the irrationalities of arbitrary power, Notes on Freedom, 24 November

After Paris: the ultimate value of the free life, Notes on Freedom, 19 November

PSPOs: solving problems or ‘criminalising poverty’?,, 21 November

Atheists and Christians unite to defend free speech, Evangelical Focus, 4 November

Big bill for smoke patrol‘, Times (Scotland), 31 October

‘Smoked Out’ was reviewed on Velvet Glove, Iron Fist; and Action on Consumer Choice

The £1200 ciggie, Sun (Scotland), 30 October

400k bill to scold hospital smokers, Sunday Express (Scotland), 25 October

Up in smoke, The Times, 21 October

Smoked out of the public square, spiked, 21 October

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC Radio Kent on 20 October

Campaigners warn new antisocial behaviour powers could be used to target the homeless, Independent on Sunday, 17 October

Birmingham busker ban proposals are scrapped, Birmingham Mail, 17 September

PSPOs: the new control orders threatening our public spaces, Guardian, 8 September

Street skaters may find their latest moves land them in court – but they are fighting back, Independent on Sunday, 1 August

Could We Ban Smoking In London’s Parks?, Londonist, 24 July

Cheshire council uses new laws to tackle anti-social behaviour, BBC News, 21 July

No place for the young: the towns where childhood is being criminalised, Open Democracy, 20 July

​Swansea Council is looking at new laws which could ban people from public spaces, South Wales Evening Post, 17 July

Freedom of speech, assembly, protest? All are nixed by new police powers, Ecologist, 26 June

Move along now: the law barring thousands of people from public spaces, Open Democracy, 26 June

Norfolk police use new power to disperse people 194 times, Eastern Daily Press, 23 June

It’s not time to celebrate yet – the Magna Carta is under attack, Ipswich Star, 23 June

Police powers used to tackle disorder in Suffolk and Essex face criticism, East Anglian Daily Times, 20 June

New powers let police ban bonfire night, The Times, 17 June

Burglars and drug users issued with dispersal notices rather than arrested, Daily Telegraph, 17 June

Josie Appleton discussed dispersal powers on BBC Radio Devon, 17 June

There’s a fine for that: how we face more penalties than ever before, Guardian, 6 June

Why does this feel like an income-generating scam to punish us law-abiding pet owners?, Belfast Telegraph, 27 May

Hackney’s ban on rough sleeping will ‘criminalise homeless’, Hackney Citizen, 15 May 2015

DNA-testing dog poo? You’d have to be Barking!, Guardian, 28 April

Feeding pigeons could be banned in Hillingdon under ‘bird-brained’ law, Get West London, 28 April

Josie Appleton discussed vetting on BBC Radio Oxford, on 20 April

The Manifesto Club’s campaign against PSPOs was in Claire Fox’s column, Municipal Journal, April

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC Radio Humberside, 14 April

Coalition creates 1,000 laws in just four years, Daily Mail, 13 April

We discussed the Oxford ban on rough sleeping on RTTV, 10 April

Josie Appleton gave a viewpoint ‘In Defence of Choice’ on the Human Zoo Election Special, Radio 4, 8 April

We discussed outdoor smoking bans on BBC Radio Kent, 8 April

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC Radio Oxford, 8 April

Why are councils banning pigeon feeding?, Notes on Freedom, 2 April

Lincoln legal high ban comes into force, BBC News, 1 April

Bizarre rules slammed by campaigners, Daily Gazette (Colchester), 1 April

Banned from feeding pigeons — if you live in the wrong street, The Times, 31 March

City council told new on-the-spot fines infringe human rights, Oxford Times, 31 March

Where driving into a retail park after 6pm is now illegal: New ‘Victorian by-laws’ blighting modern UK, Daily Mail, 30 March

Council ban legislation creating ‘bizarre’ laws, campaigners say, BBC News, 30 March

Birdbrained new law could make feeding pigeons a criminal offence, Independent, 30 March

Crazy laws are being introduced to stop people drinking in the streets, Metro, 30 March

Law behind ‘Mill Road drinking ban’ under fire nationally, Cambridge News, 30 March

Councils hit back after new public space laws branded ‘bizarre’, Localgov, 30 March

Oxford City Council proposes a ban on rough sleeping, Oxford Student, 30 March

Public spaces are under attack – from a law that can ban anyone doing anything, Guardian CIF, 30 March

Councils creating ‘bizarre new criminal offences’, ITV and PA, 30 March

Group criticises council bans law, Express and Star, 30 March

Lincoln City Council criticised by campaigners for legal high ban, Lincolnshire Echo, 30 March

Our briefing on PSPOs was discussed on radios including the Today Programme, LBC, BBC Radios London, Coventry, Essex, Oxford, York and Somerset, and on RTTV, on 30 March.

Oxford’s illiberal campaign to control everyday city life, spiked, 26 March

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs, on BBC Radio Oxford, 22 March

Billy Boys: The rampant subjectivity of the criminal law, Notes on Freedom, 20 March

George Osborne’s plans to make criminal checks ‘digital by default’ could put off elderly volunteers, Telegraph, 19 March

Row breaks out in Cambridge over move to ban street drinking in Mill Road, Cambridge News, 18 March

Gay/bi/top/bottom…fake identities and the structuring of public life, Notes on Freedom, 12 March

Chelsea fans: The return of the show trial, Notes on Freedom, 2 March

Landlords should not be the scapegoats for uninventive politicians, Josie Appleton, City AM, 9 February

The censorious student and the corrosion of character, Notes on Freedom, 6 February

Josie Appleton discussed on-spot fines on BBC Three Counties Radio, 1 February

Weeding out the rational basis of criminal law, spiked, 30 January

Teachers suspended after crime checks on relatives, The Times, 30 January

Josie Appleton will be giving a lecture ‘In defence of choice’, at the London Philosophy Club, 18 February

Modern censorship and the return of taboo, Notes on Freedom, 28 January

Josie Appleton discussed vetting on BBC Radio Oxford on 19 January

Branded RACIST at five: A little girl who said her friend was ‘brown’. A boy who asked a black child if he was from Africa. How teachers are reporting primary school pupils as bigots in official records, Daily Mail, 15 January

Charlie Hebdo: The crisis of the public sphere, Josie Appleton, Notes on Freedom, 12 January

‘Fat bucket’ isn’t the worst thing you can call a child. ‘Bigot’ is, Sarah Oliver, Daily Mail, 4 January

Is your five-year-old a bigot and a racist?, 4 January, Guardian

School pupils blacklisted for hate crimes in the playground, 2 January, Gloucestershire Echo

Are Brighton children being labelled bigots over playground taunts?, Brighton and Hove News, 2 January

Branded bigots at the age of THREE, Daily Mail, 2 January

Turning all adults into panto villains, Josie Appleton, spiked, 3 December

Josie Appleton discussed litter fines on BBC Radio Kent, 27 November

The ASB Act: all power to the state, Josie Appleton, spiked, 19 November

Cautions replaced by new police powers to levy fines, Independent, 31 October

Josie Appleton discussed public spaces protection orders on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, 29 October

Grimsby introduces rules to control street drinking, BBC News, 29 October

Josie Appleton discussed public spaces protection orders on BBC TV News (north east), 29 October

Blackpool Council considers ‘mankini’ outfit ban, BBC News, 21 October

Do what your council says – or pay £100 fine, Channel 4 News, 20 October

Stag and hen weekends face clampdown after officials rule to ban ‘inappropriate dress’… in BLACKPOOL, Daily Mail, 20 October

Stags left in tight spot as Blackpool plans to ban mankinis, Independent, 20 October

Mankini-free zone: Blackpool clamps down on stag and hen misbehaviour, Metro, 20 October

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on local and national radio, on 20 October

Josie Appleton discussed CRB checks on Radio Five Live, and local radios including BBC Cambridgeshire, 17 October

Police ‘are too busy with CRB checks to track sex offenders’, Daily Mail, 17 October

Josie Appleton discussed bans on smoking in parks on LBC Radio, on 15 October

Cambridge gets new weapon in fight against antisocial behaviour – but fears PSPOs create “grey areas”, Cambridge News, 8 October

Artists must have the right to shock, Manick Govinda, spiked, 25 September

Schools censor children’s achievements due to ‘irrational fears’ over paedophiles, Daily Telegraph, 24 September

Photographic ID card now needed to buy hair bleach under European anti-terror laws, Mail on Sunday, 21 September

Parents could be banned from parking outside Gloucestershire schools, Gloucester Citizen, 10 September

An end to boozy parties?, The Blackpool Gazette, 10 September

Poll: Should councils be able to punish parents for parking outside schools, Express and Star, 6 September

The bossy station announcer I’d like to throttle and the madness of letting jobsworths hand out fines, Tom Utley, Daily Mail, 5 September

New powers mean parents could be fined £100 for parking near schools, Daily Mirror, 4 September

Now drivers face £100 fine if they park too near to a school, Daily Mail, 4 September

Parents could be banned from parking near their children’s school, claims think tank, Bristol Post, 4 September

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC radios Huddersfield and West Midlands, 4 September

Clydebank grandad receives litter fine after drying bench, Clydebank Post, 3 September

Josie Appleton discussed no-drinking zones on BBC Radio Leicester, 14 July

May the pamphleteers return!, Open Democracy, 4 July

Burqa ban: when legalism trumps liberty, Josie Appleton, spiked, 4 July

Named persons: spies in the family home, Josie Appleton, spiked, 25 June

Josie Appleton discussed fines for messy gardens on BBC Radio Sussex, 16 June

Josie Appleton discussed litter fines on BBC Radio Kent, 10 June

Cultural boycotts won’t help the fight for gay rights in Russia, spiked, 5 June

Pleas to free John Wilkinson, the Asbo birdman of Morecambe, Independent, 1 June

Josie Appleton discussed the banning of political demonstrations on BBC Radio Sheffield Breakfast, 16 May

Josie Appleton will be speaking about the regulation of public space, at the Architectural Review summer school, 18 July

Croydon Council Imposes New Dispersal Areas, East London Lines, 3 May

Josie Appleton discussed fines by private companies on BBC Radio Kent, 3 May

Leafleting restrictions and litter: call for evidence, Defra Consultation, 1 May

Woman fined £75 for littering after binning cigarette butt in Conwy, North Wales Pioneer, 24 April

Dog walkers protesting against no-dog zones were on the Jeremy Vine Show, 18 April

Josie Appleton was on the PM Programme talking about dog control orders, 27 March (starts 29mins)

The battle against the dog police, Spectator, 15 March

Keep the streets free for music, spiked, 13 March

A police state is no answer, Claire Fox, Municipal Journal, March

Everyone’s equal in the eyes of the law – unless you are a football fan, New Statesman, 17 February

Support for move to limit protests outside Westminster Abbey, Christian Today, 22 January

Public space – we must defend our freedoms!, 21 January, Ecologist

The end of public space: one law to ban them all, Open Democracy, 20 January

The end of public space: one law to ban them all, 15 January,
Architectural Review

Josie Appleton debated the ASB Bill on BBC Three Counties, 9 January

James Panton debated twitter trolls on Jeremy Vine Show, 8 January

Josie Appleton debated the ASB Bill on Radio 5 Live, 8 January

‘Overzealous’ Church vets 58,000 workers in a year, Daily Telegraph, 27 December

The year of anti-protest laws, El Diario (Spanish), 16 December

Josie Appleton debated spitting bans on Radio 5 Live, 9 December

Super-ASBOs will make it super-easy to ban just about anything, Independent, 4 December

Josie Appleton debated bin fines on Radio Leeds, 3 December

Locking artists out of the UK, spiked, 18 November
Councils could be handed power to ban peaceful protests under new bill, Guardian, 16 November

Crime Bill could let councils stamp out protest, freedom activists warn,, 15 November

UK local councils to be given power to ban peaceful protests – report, Russia Today, 15 November

Ramblers ‘could face walking ban’ under controversial government plans, Daily Telegraph, 15 November

Councils to be given powers to ban peaceful protests that might disturb local residents, Independent, 15 November

The Manifesto Club’s Banned in London map was on the architectural map, Floodplain London

Debating public art, a-n magazine, 4 November

Josie Appleton discussed tougher fines for littering on BBC Radio London, 4 November

Josie Appleton discussed obligatory courses for smokers on Radio Wales, 16 October

The Manifesto Club report on on-spot fines is discussed on Radio 4’s ‘Unreliable Evidence’, 2 October

Up to 40 people a day fined for littering by Croydon Council, Croydon Guardian, 2 October

Josie Appleton discussed spitting bans on the Voice of Russia, 30 September and 1 October

The councils spitting out bad laws, spiked, 26 September

We may as well take people to court for barging into other people or swearing at them, Josie Appleton, Daily Mirror, 25 September

Josie Appleton discussed spitting bans on BBC Radio London, 25 September

Viewpoints: Should full-face veils be banned in some public places?, Dolan Cummings, BBC News, 16 September

Family living arrangements could be stored on chip in children’s passports in EU tug-of-love crackdown, Telegraph, 25 August

Why leafleting is a fundamental freedom, Peter Lloyd, Free Society, 29 July

Illiberalism’s spitting image, Josie Appleton, spiked, 26 July

Spitting: Civil Liberty or Dirty Habit? Eric Pickles Backs Enfield Ban, IBT, 24 July

Opinion: Antisocial behaviour bill set to restrict public protest, Lib Dem Voice, 15 July

Josie Appleton debated CRB checks and child protection on BBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Radio Wales on 25 July

Josie Appleton debated spitting bans on BBC Radio London and BBC Radio Suffolk on 25 July

Debate in the House of Lords on Bill to change leafleting laws, 5 July (starts 11.09)

My Bill to free grassroots arts from draconian leafleting licences, Tim Clement-Jones, Lords of the Blog, 3 July

Josie Appleton discussed litter fines on BBC Radio Kent on 1 July

Government stops “barmy” bin fines, AOL, 21 June

Schools told: vet sports day volunteers to root out abusers, 29 May

Doubling in innocent people branded criminals by Criminal Records Bureau, Telegraph, 21 May

New laws ‘open to abuse of power’, Belfast Telegraph, 20 May

New laws ‘open to abuse of power’, Daily Express, 20 May

Homelessness Could Be A Crime Under Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill Warns Think Tank, Huffington Post, 20 May

Is homelessness about to become a crime?, Left Foot Forward, 20 May

New Asbo laws could infringe freedom, think tank warns, Telegraph, 19 May

New laws ‘open to abuse of power’, Press Association, 19 May

The Queen’s Speech and the blanket bans, spiked, 13 May

Pavement Justice: On-the-spot fines and the Rule of Law, The Justice Gap, 8 May

Cowboy practices are not the way to achieve cleaner streets,, 7 May

Freedom for history? The case against memory laws, Liberte Pour L’Histoire, 1 May

Don’t make fresh laws — just enforce the ones we have, Dominic Raab, Evening Standard, 15 April

Freedom for history? The case against memory laws, Free Speech Debate, 3 April

Interview with Manick Govinda, Resonance FM, 30 March

A twenty-first century folk devil, spiked, 28 March

Paul Craig Roberts on the loss of liberty, Global Research, 27 March

Like cattle in a kettle, Free Society, 25 March

Councils accused of misusing on-the-spot fines, LocalGov, 14 March

Josie Appleton discussed on-the-spot fines on Daily Politics, 14 March

Public being ‘milked’ by councils that use on-the-spot fines, The Times, 14 March

‘Justice on the street’ raises £132 million for councils, Daily Express, 14 March

Rise in petty fines ‘treats public like cash cows’, Metro, 14 March

Innocent people ‘should not be used as cash cows’ by councils, minister warns, Telegraph, 14 March

Massive rise in on-the-spot fines for petty offences, Channel 4 News, 14 March

Council on-the-spot fines exploit residents, Eric Pickles warns, Guardian, 14 March

Councils using their spot fines to milk the public, says Pickles, as the number handed out increases five-fold, Daily Mail, 14 March

An unspoken war on the Common Law, spiked, 11 March

Parents ‘treated like felons on remand’ by school CRB checks, Daily Telegraph, 24 February

Cough up, sir, you’ve left something nasty in the street, Sunday Times, 17 February

Josie Appleton was on BBC radio London, 13 February, discussing Waltham Forest’s ban on spitting

Croydon Council calls in ex-soldiers to fight dog poo and littering, Croydon Guardian, 9 February

Litter squads make millions: Fines soar as councils enlist ex-soldiers to patrol streets, Daily Mail, 29 January

Number of litter fines rises 90-fold in 15 years, Daily Telegraph, 29 January

Josie Appleton discussed on-spot fines on Inside Out (BBC 1), 28 January

Josie Appleton was on BBC Radio London on 28 January, discussing litter fines

Litter fines ‘cash cow’ for London councils, BBC News, 28 January

The lives blighted by CRB checks, Telegraph, 25 January

Josie Appleton was on BBC Radio Kent on 21 January, discussing litter fines

Lord Clement Jones discussed the leafleting ban campaign, in the House Magazine

Proposed system to detect child abuse could deter parents from seeking treatment, pressure group says, BMJ, 28 December

Database safeguards needed ‘to make sure parents are not unfairly accused’, The Times, 27 December

Why everyday life is tied up in red tape, spiked, 18 December

Flyering, the importance of hand-to-hand inviting, spiked, 6 December

Festival boss calls for change to leaflet laws, This is Leicestershire, 28 November

Eric Pickles warns councils over fag-butt police, This is Kent, 23 November

Shropshire’s litter louts pay £7,500 in fines, Shropshire Star, 21 November

Come to Britain (but only if you’re already famous), Art Newspaper (cover story), December 2012

Campaign Against Leafleting Bans – Lord Clement-Jones, Live Music Exchange, 15 November

Flyering is a vital part of grassroots live music promotion, Live Music Exchange, 15 November

Leaflet laws are killing comedy, say campaigners, Daily Telegraph, 14 November

Letter: Change leafleting laws, Daily Telegraph, 14 November

Josie Appleton discussed on-spot fines on BBC London News, 12 November

Josie Appleton discussed on-spot fines on You and Yours, 12 November

Josie Appleton discussed on-spot fines on BBC Radio London, 12 November

The private litter firm dishing out 700 fines a week, Daily Mail, 12 November

More than 73,000 penalties for dropping litter issued last year, Sunday Times, 11 November

Josie Appleton discussed on-spot fines on LBC radio, 11 November

Litter fines earn town halls over £665,000 as 200 people pay a charge every day, Mail on Sunday, 11 November

Police cautions lead to a 100-year criminal record that can wreck prospects of getting a job or going to university, Mail on Sunday, 3 November

Josie Appleton discussed on-spot fines on BBC Radio Teeside, 22 October

The Campaign Against Vetting was on the World Tonight, Radio 4, 22 October

Josie Appleton was on LBC radio, discussing Section 5 and free speech, on 18 October

Licensed leafleting means lost liberties in Britain, Free Speech Debate 17 October

Leafleting bans, Watford Flea, 10 October

‘Free speech in sentences’, Big Issue (North), 15 October

Josie Appleton was on Russia Today, on 5 October, discussing the ‘Banned in London’ map

Red tape: blunt scissors, The Economist, 22 September

Thousands hit by bin fines despite Coalition pledges, Daily Telegraph, 14 September

Olympic police state lingers in UK, Press TV, 13 September

Banned in London: The ‘hidden’ rules which forbid you from walking dogs or standing with a friend, Evening Standard, 12 September

The Legal Activities Banned in London, The Atlantic Cities, 12 September

Croydon has the most police dispersal zones, East London Lines, 12 September

Mapped: London’s Banned Zones, Londonist, 11 September

Banned in London: the capital’s 435 prohibition zones mapped, Guardian online, 11 September

How drinking a glass of wine in the park during a family picnic is now a crime, Daily Mail, 11 September

Dog-walking banned in 219 places across London, Daily Telegraph, 11 September

The unfree streets of London, Josie Appleton, spiked, 11 September

‘Freedom is not delivered, but won’, interview with Josie Appleton, spiked, 11 July

‘Fines by civilian’ appear on CRB checks, Public Service, 10 July

Ministers rule out rethink on ancient leafleting rights, BBC, 9 July

Civilian officials ‘given further crime powers’, Daily Telegraph, 9 July

Jacqui’s ‘civilian snoopers given yet MORE power’: Warning as ‘busybody’ numbers surge, Daily Mail, 9 July

Give us back ancient leafleting rights, says Lib Dem peer, BBC News, 4 July

Why do schools really stop parents taking photographs of their children?, Guardian, 23 June

London’s ‘Capital clean-up’, Open Democracy, 13 June

Josie Appleton discussed litter fines on BBC Radio Kent, 8 June

What makes a successful campaign?, AIR News, June

Don’t turn London into a ghost town, Sarah Boyes, spiked, 7 June

Josie Appleton discussed police powers for private security guards on BBC Radio Kent, 25 May

88,000 children branded racists: Pupils as young as three reported over name-calling, Daily Mail, 23 May

88,000 ‘racist incidents’ reported in schools, study finds, Daily Telegraph, 24 May

Ice cream sellers may face crime records check, Yorkshire Post, 24 May

Josie Appleton discussed hate-speech reporting on LBC Radio, 23 May

Civil liberties group slams Blaenau Gwent litter police, South Wales Argus, 22 May

Josie Appleton discussed fines for messy gardens on BBC Radio Wales, 22 May

These petty laws are an insult to the public, Josie Appleton, spiked, 17 May

‘Heavy-handed’ litter fines handed out by private firm in Blaenau Gwent criticised, Gwent Gazette, 17 May

Litter law enforcers cleaning up in Blaenau Gwent, Guardian 14 May

Warning over ‘busybodies’ given legal right to fine and demand information as numbers surge, Daily Mail, 8 May

Thousands reported to vetting agency but only 4% barred, Daily Telegraph, 8 May

Brent Council rubber stamps plans to licence leafleting in the borough, Brent and Kilburn Times, 24 April

Britse pedo-paranoia gevaar voor kinderen, De Volkskrant, 25 April

Josie Appleton discussed CRBs on Radio Five Live lunchtime show, 23 April

CRB checks top 30million but create ‘atmosphere of mistrust’, Daily Telegraph, 23 April

Josie Appleton discussed binge drinking on BBC Radio Wales, 17 April

Josie Appleton discussed hate speech reporting, on BBC Radio Surrey, 16 April

Pavement injustice, Pavement Magazine, 10 April

It is time we burst this ‘bubbling’, spiked, 10 April

42 Cardiff City fixtures designated ‘bubble’ games in past decade, Wales Online, 7 April

Group criticises Hampshire police’s ‘bubble’ plan for south coast derby, Portsmouth News, 6 April

Victory for Visiting Artists Campaign, AIR news, March

Josie Appleton was on BBC Radio wales on 28 March, discussing convictions for racist tweets

‘A minimum price clobbers sensible drinkers like us’, The Sun, 26 March

UK loosens visa restrictions for non-European Union artists, Art Newspaper, 22 March

Pledge to scale back checks on school volunteers has been fudged, says rights campaigner, The Times, 10 March

“Kettling” on the road, Free Society, 8 March

Opening a new route for visiting artists, Manick Govinda, Migrants’ Rights Network, 5 March

Josie Appleton discussed the citizenship test on BBC Radio Sheffield, 5 March

Free Movement, Free Expression, Free Association and Freedom from Bureaucracy and Big Government, Manick Govinda, Nowhere Island, 3 March

YouTube videos of speeches by Valerie Hartwich and Josie Appleton at the ISIL conference in Italy

What Big Society? Volunteering is a bureaucratic nightmare, Telegraph (blog), 1 March

Protect our infants from scary lift engineers, Camilla Canvendish, The Times, 1 March

Josie Appleton discussed CRB checks on BBC Radio Kent, 1 March

Josie Appleton discussed man detained at Gatwick for burqa joke, on LBC radio, 27 February

Brighton and Hove’s tough stance on mess, Brighton Argus, 25 February

Should there be fewer CRB checks?, Josie Appleton, The Times, 24 February

Street Photography – ethics, etiquette or free expression?, Pauline Hadaway, 22 February

Josie Appleton discussing CCTVs on BBC Radio London, 21 February

Josie Appleton discussed ‘racist kids’ on LBC radio, 20 February

‘Political campaigning in a new age’, Josie Appleton at OpenAIR, YouTube video

Are tree surgeons really a threat to children?, spiked, 20 February

CRB Checks Reach Record High, i-volunteer, 17 February

Britain under the microscope – vetting still out of control, The Free Society, 17 February

CRB checks on burger van owners defended, The York Press, 17 February

Devon County Council defends criminal background checks, BBC News, 16 February

Why do tree surgeons need to be CRB checked?, Conservative Home, 16 February

The Manifesto Club report, ‘Vetting Tree Surgeons’, was on Radio Five Live, IRN, 3 Counties Radio, BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, BBC Radio Birmingham, BBC Radio Devon, BBC Radio Newcastle

‘Councils waste £45m a year on CRB checks’, Public Service, 16 February

Criminal records checks on volunteers double in six years, campaign group says, Third Sector, 16 February

Councils targeting burger vendors and tree surgeons with ‘unnecessary’ CRB checks, Daily Telegraph, 16 February

Crime checks for a million community volunteers as vetting spirals out of control, say critics, Daily Mail, 16 February

CRB vetting is completely out of control – and if you don’t believe me, ask Kate Middleton, Daily Mail, Steve Doughty, 16 February

The Manifesto Club report ‘Vetting Tree Surgeons’ was on the Today Programme, BBC Radio 4, 16 February

Josie Appleton was on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show, on 13 February, discussing Enfield Council’s ban on spitting

Artists are their own agents of change, Guardian, 9 February 2012

Pavement injustice: the tyranny of on-the-spot fines, Open Democracy, 9 February

Sussex Police introduces more power for PCSOs, Brighton Argus, 9 February

Big Brother is watching: the CCTV that talks back, Independent, 6 February

Josie Appleton was on BBC London, 2 February, on Brighton council’s ban on bus drivers saying ‘love’ and ‘darling’

Are you one of the 20,000 people wrongly branded a criminal?, Daily Mail, 2 February

Thousands wrongly labelled as criminals, Daily Telegraph 2 February 2012

Nanny state makes a meal of child food advice with 80-page guide, The Times, 17 January

Islington set for massive CCTV upgrade, Islington Gazette, 16 January

Licensed to censor performance art, Manick Govinda, spiked, 16 January

Even Kate has to be vetted so she can go camping with the Scouts, Daily Mail, 6 January 2012

Lights, camera, points, 5 January 2010

Question on leafleting bans, Lords Hansard, 7 December

Great British pubs, but is UK Plc no place for the public house?, Reuters, 2 December

Nearly 200 innocent people branded criminals by Government, Daily Telegraph, 17 November

Volunteers aged just ten checked for criminal past, despite Coalition pledges to scale back vetting, Daily Mail, 16 November

Josie Appleton discussed on-spot fines for littering on BBC Radio Wales, 16 November

Scout leaders ‘routinely’ run criminal record checks on parent volunteers, Daily Telegraph, 12 November

Don’t police anti-gay ‘hate’ speech, Diva, 11 November

Josie Appleton discussed calls to ban Halloween on BBC Radio London, 31 October

Beware your public square, No CCTV, 22 October

Leafleting: A Liberty Lost? – Review, Culture Vulture, 5 October

Media misses the point, again: Student Visa Checks, Migration Pulse, 3 October

UK: Universities ‘over-report’ on foreign students, University World News, 2 October

UK row over teachers as spies – Varsities chafe at visa police role, The Telegraph (India), 1 October

Thousands of Pakistani students at risk in UK, The News (Pakistan), 30 September

Visa alert on thousands of students, Guardian, 29 September

Are UK lecturers spying on Indian students?, Press Trust of India, 29 September

Foreign students reported for UK visa breaches by the thousands, Visa Bureau, 29 September

Valerie Hartwich discussed her visa report on Sunrise Radiom and Josie Appleton discussed the issue on Russia Today, on 29 September

Universities report 1,500 concerns over foreign students every month, Daily Telegraph, 29 September

Visa alert on thousands of students, Evening Standard, 29 September

Thousands of foreign students reported over visas, BBC News, 29 September

Visa alert on thousands of students, Daily Mirror, 29 September

Beware your public square: Britain is under attack from ‘talking’ CCTV cameras, Open Democracy 24 September

UK Govt. Labels School Kids Racists, Homophobes, New American, 19 September

Hertfordshire children reported for racist and homophobic incidents, Hertfordshire Mercury, 19 September

Minette Marrin’s column, Sunday Times, 18 September

Birmingham schoolkids labelled most racist in country, Birmingham Mercury, 18 September

Op-Ed: Nursery school children reported for racist language in UK, Digital Journal, 15 September

3-Year-Olds Branded “Racist,” “Homophobic” Put In Government Database, Infowars, 15 September

Should schools report kids for bad or racist language?, BBC News, 14 September

Nursery school ‘bigots’, Evening Standard, 14 September

Adrian Hart discussed his report on racist incident reporting on Radio 5 Live and Radio Hull; Josie Appleton discussed it on LBC radio.

4-year-olds branded racist over innocent playground names, Daily Express, 14 September

‘Racists’ aged three: Toddlers among thousands of children accused of bigotry after name-calling, Daily Mail, 14 September

Children as young as four reprimanded for racist behaviour, Daily Telegraph, 14 September

Thousands of primary school pupils reported for homophobia, Pink News, 4 September

Thousands of under-11s branded homophobic, Sunday Times, 4 September

Policing the innocent, ignoring the riotous, spiked, 16 August

Public letter calls for a new visa system for leading performers, FreeMuse, 1 August

Council should scrap leafleting costs, Arts in Leicestershire, 29 July

The Manifesto Club leafleting report is on You and Yours, Radio 4, 29 July

UK Border Agency tells foreign writers to naff off, MobyLives, 14 July

Josie Appleton discussed leafleting bans on JackFM Hertfordshire, 5 July

Anti-bullying rule that brands children racist, Daily Express, 4 July

Campaigners call for relaxation of council rules on flyers, Brighton Argus, 4 July

Almost 2,000 children are reported for ‘hate crimes’, Scotsman, 4 July

Eleanor Mills: Putting a match to our civil liberties, Sunday Times, 3 July

Anger over leafleting crackdown, Buxton Advertiser, 30 June

Josie Appleton discussed leafleting bans on Three Counties Radio, 30 June

Leafleting: Public menace or good for business, BBC News, 30 June

Is your council restricting your free speech?, Mark Wallace, 30 June

Anger over leafleting crackdown, Bearsden Herald, 30 June

Bill Stickers is innocent ok!, Claire Fox, Municipal Journal, 30 June

Taking liberties with poster ban, Municipal Journal, 30 June

Josie Appleton discussed leafleting bans on BBC Radio Leicester, on 30 June

Anger over leafleting crackdown, MSN News, 30 June

The right to leaflet is a basic liberty, Josie Appleton, Open Democracy, 30 June

Local councils’ regulation of public leafleting an affront to our historic liberties, Josie Appleton, Conservative Home, 30 June

Lost cat? The licence fee you will have to pay to leaflet your neighbours, Daily Mail, 30 June

Councils’ crackdown on leafleting is ‘a blow to liberty’, says campaign group, Guardian, 30 June

Councils’ crackdown on leafleting is ‘a blow to liberty’, says campaign group, UTV, 30 June

Josie Appleton discussed footballers sacked for sex allegations, on the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show, 29 June

Visiting Artists Visas – Open Letter to Home Secretary, epolitix, 28 June

How Britain persecutes visiting artists, Kamila Shamsie, Guardian, 27 June

World-class artists ‘put off coming to Britain by intrusive’ points-based immigration system’, Daily Telegraph, 27 June

Hur burkan blev en frihetssymbol, Josie Appleton, Voltaire Magazine (Swe)

Josie Appleton was on BBC Radio London, discussing plans to ban smoking in private cars, 22 June

Fun in the sun – when it’s not a battle to the death, Sunday Telegraph, 18 June

Dan Travis was on Sky News on 17 June, discussing his Manifesto Club thinkpiece on competitive sport

Wie die Burka zu einem Symbol der Freiheit wurde, Novo Mazagine (Germany), 27 May

Josie Appleton was on BBC Radio Tees, 27 May, criticising no-booze rules on trains

Dolan Cummings was on Radio 5 Live, 26 May discussing ‘responsible drinking’ regulations

How the burqa became a symbol of freedom, Josie Appleton, spiked, 19 May

Don’t touch — paranoia endangers children on sport courses, Sunday Times, 22 May

The Visiting Artists Campaign is on a WorldWrite video

Visa fiasco, Independent arts diary, 22 April

Josie Appleton on hyperregulation, Counterpoint, ABC Radio (Australia), 11 April

Police want booze snatch powers on every Islington street, Islington Gazette, 7 April

Annabel Hayter wins an Oldie Award for her opposition against CRB checks

House of Lords debate rocks points-based visa restrictions for visiting artists and academics, Manick Govinda, Migrants Rights Network blog, 25 March

We don’t need to be saved from the ‘demon drink’, Josie Appleton, 23 March, spiked

London mayor warns of damage to arts sector from new visa regulations, The Stage, 21 March

Government faces calls to overhaul visa rules for foreign performers, Guardian, 21 March

Visa Restrictions – the story so far, Manick Govinda, ArtsAdmin, 21 March

Textbooks don’t make terrorists, Nick Thorne, spiked, 17 March

Guilty until proven innocent: Volunteers forced to have a million criminal record checks a year, Daily Mail, 14 March

House of Lords debate on points-based visa system, 10 March

Freedom Bill: good news and bad news, Josie Appleton, spiked, 14 February

The Points Based System is spreading a culture of controls across the education and arts sectors, Valerie Hartwich, Migrant Rights Network, 15 February

The state of civil liberties in modern Britain, Dick Puddlecote, 6 February

The liberal tradition of the leafleteer is under threat, Josie Appleton, Open Democracy, 2 February

Child protection – a creepy cautionary tale, The Times, 31 January

Thousands could sue Government over unlawful ‘child protection’ sackings, Sunday Telegraph, 30 January

Kids put on ‘hate crimes’ list for schoolyard taunts, World Net Daily, 22 January 2011

Josie Appleton was on BBC Radio Birmingham on 22 January 2011, discussing racist incident reporting

Adrian Hart was on LBC, Five Live and Talksport on 17 January discussing his work on The Myth of Racist Kids

30,000 pupils branded as bigots: Teachers log ‘racist’ and ‘homophobic’ jibes in playground squabbles, even at nursery, Daily Mail, 17 January 2011

Thousands of schoolchildren branded ‘racist’ and ‘homophobic’ during playground squabbles, Daily Telegraph, 17 January 2011

Valerie Hartwich was on Ben TV (Africa), discussing UK visa regulations

Josie Appleton was on BBC Radio Wales, 11 January 2010, discussing the teacher sacked for taking his pupils sledging

The Manifesto Club’s visa campaign is on Radio Suisse Romande, 29 December 2010 (Royaume-Uni: des visas pour les artistes)

The hyperregulation of everyday life, Big Brother Watch, 7 January 2011

Send in the clowns: Britain’s bizarre new laws, Josie Appleton, spiked, 29 December 2010

The proposed cap on international students is discriminatory and a danger to British education, Valerie Hartwich, Open Democracy, 31 December 2010

Fury of music teachers over ‘no touching’ diktat, Daily Mail, 29 December 2010

The Manifesto Club’s Campaign Against Vetting is in the blog of the Swedish Daily, SvD, on 22 December 2010

Do I REALLY look like a paedophile, asks flower arranger sacked for fighting criminal vetting checks, Daily Mail, 11 December

Headstrong Gloucester florist loses church job for refusing “insulting” CRB checks, Sunday Mercury 12 December

Don’t touch pupils’ fingers, music teachers are told, Sunday Telegraph 12 December

Cathedral flower ladies quitting over criminal record checks, Sunday Telegraph 12 December

Cathedral florist ousted for refusing CRB check, Christian institute, 13 December

The revolt of the British flower ladies, 10 December, National Post (Canada)

Josie Appleton was on BBC Bristol and BBC Radio Sussex, talking about CRB checks, on 8 December

Annabel is blooming furious with CRB checks, Daily Telegraph, 7 December 2010

Rebellious Gloucester Cathedral flower arranger “forced” to resign, This is Gloucestershire, 7 December 2010

Gloucester Cathedral flower arranger who said no to vetting is forced to resign, Daily Mail, 7 December 2010

Nativity blackout: Parents banned from taking photos and pupils’ eyes covered up…all in the name of child protection, Daily Mail, 27 November 2010

Lord Vinson on CRB checks, House of Lords, 25 November 2010

A very middle class revolt! The flower arrangers and bell ringers fighting crazy criminal vetting of anyone who works near children, Josie Appleton, Daily Mail, 26 November 2010

‘The volunteers’ revolt’, Josie Appleton, Spectator (cover story), 25 November 2010

Refusing visas to artists will kill London’s arts, Munira Mirza, Evening Standard, 23 November 2010

Warning: cellos, paintbrushes, sketchpads and cameras on UK Borders Agency’s list of suspicious items,
Manick Govinda, Open Democracy 20 November 2010

A ban on the burka is really offensive, Ode Magazine

Millions “wasted” on CRB vetting checks, 1 November

Josie Appleton discussed the regulation of alcohol on Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Leicestershire, on 1 November

Josie Appleton discussed CRB checks on Three Counties Radio on 28 October

Review of Myth of Racist Kids, Francis Bennion

Prohibido prohibir – Ban the bans, Bruno Waterfield, EUObserver, 22 October 2010

Meet the Spaniards fighting to stub out authoritarianism, Josie Appleton, spiked, 21 October

Mum ticked off for feeding the wrong bread to ducks, Daily Express, 21 October

Manick Govinda, interviewed on Creative Choices about international artists

Woman told off for giving ducks wrong kind of bread, Guardian, 20 October

How the immigration cap damages higher education in the UK, Valerie Hartwich, Open Democracy, 5 October

Quarter of a million students reported for ‘racism’ by UK teachers in a decade , One India, 24 September

More Than 250,000 British Toddlers Labeled Racists, Fox News 23 September

Quarter of a million students reported for ‘racism’ by UK teachers in a decade, Sify News, 24 September

Deepening the Divide, Munira Mirza, Prospect, 23 September

Three-year-olds being labelled bigots by teachers as 250,000 children accused of racism, Daily Mail, 23 September

Adrian Hart was on LBC radio, 23 September, discussing kids reported for racism

Sarkozy’s tough and toothless war, Josie Appleton, Presseurop, 15 September

Why Sarkozy has declared war on his own population, Josie Appleton, spiked, 13 September

Proving you’re an adult turns you into a child, Dolan Cummings, spiked, 6 September

A licence to interfere in our everyday lives, Josie Appleton, spiked, 6 September

Access denied: how Fortress Britain is blocking cultural exchange, Guardian, 6 September

‘Alcohol ID checks ‘infantilising’ young adults, says survey’, The Publican, 3 September 2010

Dolan Cummings discussed the age checks report on BBC Radio 5 Live, Thursday 2 September 2010

ID checks ‘out of control’, Public Service, 2 September 2010

ACS slams Manifesto Club over age verification attack, Talking Retail, 3 September 2010

Adults ‘punished’ by alcohol checks, Press Association, 2 September 2010; and also in:
Daily Mirror
AOL News
Daily Express
Press Association Video
Wales Online
Evening Standard
Belfast Telegraph

Alcohol ID checks ‘infantilising’ young adults, says survey, Guardian, 2 September 2010

Constant Age Checks are Infantilising Adults, Big Brother Watch blog, 2 September 2010

Red tape campaigners criticise stores for ID checks on alcohol, Yorkshire Post, 2 September 2010

Let’s call time on this flood of useless booze rules, Josie Appleton, The Times, 13 August 2010

Josie Appleton was on BBC Radio Wales discussing on the spot fines for littering, on 10 August 2010.

Manifesto Club’s visiting artist campaign was discussed in the House of Lords, 22 July 2010

Strangled and stifled by red tape, by Boyd Tonkin, Independent, 23 July 2010

Visa system – ‘damaging to culture’, by Lord Clement-Jones,, 22 July 2010

The dangers of a burqa ban, Valerie Hartwich, Open Democracy, 19 July 2010

What’s criminal about a drink in the park?, Nicholas Thorne, spiked, 15 July 2010

Limiting the damage of binge drinking, Morning Advertiser 14 July 2010

Josie Appleton is interviewed on the burqa ban in Ode magazine (Dutch), August 2010

Josie Appleton was on BBC Radio Wales, discussing booze bans, on 14 July 2010

James Panton was on BBC Radio Scotland, discussing the regulation of alcohol, on 12 July 2010

Don’t tinker with the vetting rules: scrap them, Josie Appleton, spiked, 8 July 2010

Against the hyperregulation of alcohol, Josie Appleton’s speech to Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum, 8 July 2010

Vetting scheme ‘would not protect children as paedophiles operate online’, Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2010

Ditched vetting scheme ‘gave a boost to child safety’, Yorkshire Post, 29 June 2010

Society Daily, Guardian, 25 June 2010

CRB checks have cost sector £220m in eight years, study claims, Third Sector, 24 June 2010

Volunteer cathedral flower arrangers threaten strike action over CRB checks, SWNS, 25 June 2010, Big Brother Watch blog, 24 June 2010

Blooming daft: Gloucester Cathedral flower volunteers face criminal checks, This is Gloucestershire, 25 June 2010

Josie Appleton was on BBC Radio Sussex and Radio Oxford on 24 June 2010, discussing the vetting and volunteering report

Charities’ £350m bill for criminal record checks on helpers and volunteers, Daily Mail, 24 June 2010

4million volunteers forced to undergo Criminal Records Bureau checks, Teegraph, 24 June 2010

Enough with pavement justice from badged busybodies, Liberty Central, 15 June 2010

Mayor calls for overhaul of visas to stop harm to capital’s culture, Evening Standard, 7 June 2010

Recording and Reporting Incidents of Bullying Between Pupils, and Incidents of Abuse
against School Staff
, Runnymede Trust, 4 March 2010

So far, so good – but there is more to come for ID cards, Open Democracy, 27 May 2010

Senior Arts Figures Warn Visa Rules are Threatening the Arts in Britain, Visual Arts and Galleries Association newsletter

I’m off, but the struggle for civil liberties must go on, Henry Porter, Guardian, 21 May 2010

Aged 36 and can’t get served, BBC News, 20 May 2010

Defend the Republic! Ban the burqa!, Josie Appleton, spiked, 19 May 2010

Points-based visa system alienates visitors to UK, The Times, 19 May 2010

Got any ID? These checks are out of hand, Josie Appleton, 14 May, Guardian Liberty Central

Josie Appleton discussed the Campaign Against Vetting on BBC Radio Sheffield, 12 May 2010

Hung Out to Dry – Britain’s Limp Result, Huffington Post, 7 May 2010

My ideal Queen’s speech, Henry Porter, Guardian, 5 May 2010

Boy, nine, put in isolation for calling classmate ‘chocolate’, Sunday Telegraph, 25 April

Iraqi artists denied entry to Britain for own exhibition, New Zealand Herald, 3 April

“Debatte”: Was ist so großartig am Wohlfahrtsstaat?’, Die Presse (Austria), Sunday 25 April 2010

‘What’s so great about the welfare state?’, James Panton, spiked, Wednesday 21 April 2010

James Panton reviewed the newspapers on Sky News, Friday 23 April 2010 at 20.10 and 23.10

James Panton was interviewed for Sky News on the implications of a hung parliament for UK politics, Saturday 24 April

Iraqi artists denied entry to Britain for their own exhibition, Independent, 3 April 2010

  • For pre-2009 press coverage, see here.