Comments: Court of Appeal rules on London bus adverts case

' would be open to TfL to disallow the advertisement provided that its decision was not instructed by the Mayor and was not actuated by an improper purpose'

I would have thought that was perfectly plain. The only issue is whether the mayor interfered with any decision for political ends.

As you say, to read the CC response you would have thought that they had won outright. Much of what is in their press release and what Mrs Williams says is clearly plain wrong.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Tuesday, 28 January 2014 at 12:04pm GMT

"... to read the press release from Christian Concern, you might think the judgment contained more than it actually does".

Quite so: it's quite a complex judgment and I wanted to stick firmly to the law, so I forbore from commenting on the views of Christian Concern.

Posted by Frank Cranmer at Tuesday, 28 January 2014 at 12:05pm GMT

I think this is a very significant development.

The judges were clearly unhappy that the Mayor ducked the legal process and want a proper answer. It will be interesting to see if they get one.

And the argument made in para 96,97 and 98 are very significant.

Then there is Lord Justice Briggs' contribution at the end. He make it clear that he has ear to the ground: "Sincere differences of view about this issue are tearing apart some religious communities, both here and abroad."
We can expect to see his view quoted repeatedly and what lies behind it moving forward.

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Tuesday, 28 January 2014 at 12:51pm GMT

Now had a chance to read the press statement from Christian Concern.

While they too pick up the significant sections of the judgement that will have some bearing in future cases, they do fail to note that once again Mr Diamond has failed to convince the court to his view. Am I right in thinking the judgment complains of no support from precedent or case law for one of his contentions?

In fact, what the judge in the earlier case complained loudly about is complained about again.

There is support for the view that the Stonewall ad is contentious but no judgment that it should be excluded ...... or do I miss something ?

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Tuesday, 28 January 2014 at 1:27pm GMT

The more I read about the activities of 'Christian Concern' the less I accept its role in the issues facing the Church of today. Furthermore, one wonders at the blatant use of the word 'Christian' in its title.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 28 January 2014 at 9:39pm GMT
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