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Day: 18 June 2014

Five reasons why Ed Miliband’s flirtation with the Sun was a disaster – Des Freedman

Miliband%20SunEd Miliband’s decision to pose with a copy of the Sun’s World Cup special that was delivered to households across the country is outrageous on so many levels.

First, it is smacks of desperation. Miliband claimed he was showing support for the team and not the newspaper but who will believe him? Hitching your electoral fortune to making peace with the Murdoch empire is about as sensible a strategy as depending on an England victory in the World Cup. Continue reading

Case Comment: Heesom v The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, Freedom of Expression for Politicians  – Sara Mansoori

PatrickHeesom-webThe appeal in the case of Heesom v Public Services Ombudsman for Wales ([2014] EWHC 1504 (Admin)) was brought by a former Welsh Councillor against his disqualification from being a member of a Council.  It raises the issue about the scope of and legitimate restrictions to a politician’s right of freedom of expression under Article 10 ECHR. Continue reading

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