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 notesonfreedom.com. Her book, Officious: Rise of the Busybody State, will be published in the autumn.
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"This is an event where I feel that I can say exactly what I think - which is an extremely rare situation these days."
Geoff Dench, Senior fellow, Young Foundation