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.
Lobbyists: the new hidden persuaders?
"I have been doing the Battle of Ideas for a couple of years, but never before have I felt so heartened and so alive as the day ended. The spectacle of so many fascinating minds, none too proud to agree, none too modern to disagree, all at work on the most important questions of this rocky period: it's enough to make you believe there's hope for the species, yet."
Zoe Williams, columnist, Guardian; author, What Not to Expect When You're Expecting