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The Lobbying Bill is an illiberal response to a problem that doesn’t exist

ParliamentThere is a country in which non-party campaigns by NGOs, think tanks and others are deemed by the state to be a risk to the ‘legitimacy of the system of government’. Where for a year  before a general election any campaign which  might change what voters think of political parties have to be ‘controlled’ in order to ‘ protect public confidence’ in the  electoral system.  Where it is a criminal offence to breach the rules of such regulation.  That country is Britain. It’s been that way for over a decade and it will remain that way whether the Lobbying Bill is passed or not. Read more