Picnic in the Park: Freedom of Association

The heatwave in the UK was short-lived, but the heat generated at this windy picnic in the park is evident. Chaired by Rania Hafez, discussion over a picnic in London E5 brings the meaning of Freedom of Association to life. Should the school authorities really be concerned if a child has more than six friends? Should a bus driver be sacked because he is a BNP member? Should the state be allowed to take away someone’s children because of their support for organisations like UKIP? Picnic participants disagree but few want the state to decide who we can be friends with or argue with.

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