News from the Manifesto Club


Today marks the submission of the Manifesto Club petition against the points-based visa system to 10 Downing Street, with over 10,000 signatures. To mark this, we have released a dossier including the most striking cases submitted to us over the past year, of the artists, musicians, dancers, writers and academics who have been shut out of the UK by these suspicious and closed-minded visa rules. Read the dossier here, and read about it in today’s Guardian newspaper.


A final reminder about tonight’s meeting, run in partnership with the writer’s organisation English PEN, and the new hub for free thinking and exchange, the Free Word Centre. Speakers now include the human rights barrister Helena Kennedy QC, the Lib Dem culture spokesman Lord Clement Jones, English Pen director Lisa Appignanesi, and Josie Appleton.

Only a few places remain – reserve yours here.

ELECTION 2010: ‘BATTLE FOR POLITICS’ – Saturday 20 March

We will have a campaign stall at the Institute of Ideas’ pre-election summit, the Battle for Politics this Saturday. The event is co-organised by the Manifesto Club’s Dolan Cummings, and James Panton will be speaking at the session ‘The Welfare State: Grasping the Nettle’. It would be great to see you if you can make it – pop by to our campaign stall to say hello, and get involved in the debate about what the election should be about.

We intend to put freedom at the heart of the 2010 election debate. As part of this, we’ll launch the final series of our Thinkpiece series, citizens’ political proposals for politics and policy, and put pressure election candidates to come out against the vetting database. More later…


Adrian Hart’s report, The Myth of Racist Kids, sparked a great deal of media discussion when it was launched last year. Now it has received a series of critical responses from education policy circles, which are collated here.

We hear that the government wants to put children on ‘hate registers’ for comments judged to be racist/homophobic/sexist – see our response to this ludicrous proposal here. If you have examples of how ‘hate’ incident reporting is criminalising children, and taking the police into the playground, you can send these to Adrian Hart who is keeping track of all these developments.


Our Visiting artists campaign is on the French culture website; Josie Appleton criticises ‘hate registers’ for kids on First Post; Dolan Cummings writes the Manifesto Club submission to an Anti-CCTV strategy; Valerie Hartwich challenges the UK Visa system on CNN India; The Myth of Racist Kids is discussed in the Daily Mail and spiked-online; James Panton debates the ethics of supermarkets on BBC Radio 2’s The Jeremy Vine Show on March 4, and reviewed the newspapers on Sky News on 16 March; Josie Appleton was on LBC radio on 4 March discussing homophobic incident reporting…… More media news here.

That’s all for now folks. If you like what we’re doing and want to help us to continue doing it – join the Manifesto Club

Editors’ Note: We have reprinted this news from the Manifesto Club in gratitude for their support of comrades who have been refused entry to the UK or deported therewith. We do not, however, endorse most of the political positions taken in the club’s various campaigns.

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