17th February, 2016
The latest controversial idea from the government is to ban local councils, public bodies and even some university student unions from boycotting “unethical” companies. This could mean that they will lose the freedom to refuse to buy goods and services from companies involved in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the arms trade, fossil fuels, tobacco products and a whole host of other unsavoury activities. You can read about it here:
I believe that this is a gross attack on democratic freedoms. Not only is it right to boycott unethical companies but it is our right to do so. It should also be the right of local councils and public bodies that we have elected to make their own decisions, free of government control.
But what do you think? I would love to know.