Online Safety Bill needs more than “cosmetic changes”


In the Media

Professor Len Shackleton writes for CapX

Matthew Lesh writes for The Telegraph

Matthew Lesh, IEA Head of Public Policy, has written for The Telegraph on the Online Safety Bill.

Stressing how both Conservative Party candidates must live up to party principles by fundamentally reforming the Bill, Matthew writes:

“Both candidates in the leadership election have highlighted the need to protect freedom of expression against the woke onslaught and cut red tape that is holding back the economy.

“The typical response to these concerns is that the Bill also has duties in relation to protecting freedom of expression – but these are extremely weak to the point of meaninglessness.

“The next prime minister must go further than cosmetic changes. The Bill should be withdrawn from Parliament and reviewed from first principles to develop stripped back to a framework that tackles serious criminal behaviour and protects children, without infringing on fundamental rights or undermining innovation.”

Read the full article here.