Josie Appleton
director, civil liberties group, Manifesto Club; author, Officious: Rise of the Busybody State; blogger,

Josie Appleton founded and is director of the Manifesto Club. She coordinates the club’s campaigns for freedom in everyday civic life – including campaigns against vetting, on-the-spot fines, booze bans and photo bans – and writes many of the club’s reports and documents. As a journalist and essayist, she comments frequently on contemporary freedom issues, from the French burqa ban to smoking bans, from free speech to Common Law liberties. She writes about the history and philosophy of freedom at Her book, Officious: Rise of the Busybody State, was published in autumn 2016.

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Saturday 2 November, 14:00 Conservatory
Constitutional Crisis: do we need a British Bill of Rights?

Saturday 2 November, 16:00 Free Stage
Protests in Catalonia: what’s going on?

Saturday 2 November, 17:30 Garden Room
France’s new revolutionaries? Understanding the gilets jaunes