Articles by: Ben Kelly

News

The reshuffled Cabinet

The reshuffled Cabinet

Philip Hammond: Chancellor of the Exchequer Amber Rudd: Secretary of State for the Home Department Boris Johnson: Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Davis: Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Michael Fallon: Secretary of State for Defence Damian Green: First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office […]

by × June 11, 2017 ×

Leftwatch

I’m uninspired; but I’m voting to oppose the Far Left extremists

I’m uninspired; but I’m voting to oppose the Far Left extremists

When I cast my vote in this general election I will, for the most part, be voting against something rather than for anything. I don’t endorse Theresa May’s illiberal instincts, her paternalistic philosophy or desire for economic interventionism; nor do I think her Brexit strategy is grounded in what’s best […]

by × June 8, 2017 ×

News

It begins! The Article 50 letter in full

It begins! The Article 50 letter in full

Dear President Tusk, On 23 June last year, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As I have said before, that decision was no rejection of the values we share as fellow Europeans. Nor was it an attempt to do harm to the European Union […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×

Elections, News

The real threat to Labour in the North is not Ukip; it’s the Conservative Party

The real threat to Labour in the North is not Ukip; it’s the Conservative Party

The universal agreement that Copeland was a huge win for the Conservatives and a disaster for Labour ensured the focus of debate was mainly on the significance of the result in Stoke. Ross Clark disagrees with the emerging consensus that Ukip are finished, citing their robust vote share (which increased […]

by × February 27, 2017 ×

Europe

It is right that parliament should vote on triggering Article 50; but the decision to leave was definitively made on June 23rd

It is right that parliament should vote on triggering Article 50; but the decision to leave was definitively made on June 23rd

It was inevitable that the Government would lose the Supreme Court appeal and now that Theresa May has been ruled against by a majority of 8 to 3; the appeal looks like an unforced error by the prime minister. Triggering Article 50 not only requires changes to legislation; it will […]

by × January 24, 2017 ×

Liberty

WARNING: Eating roast potatoes may seriously harm your health (says nannying quango)

WARNING: Eating roast potatoes may seriously harm your health (says nannying quango)

My name is Ben Kelly and I’m a roast potato addict. It started with just the occasional spud, you know, a few boiled or mashed at social gatherings. All the cool kids were eating them. Then I moved to roasted and eventually I could barely imagine a roast dinner without […]

by × January 23, 2017 ×

News

Theresa May lays out her vision for Brexit: Full speech

Theresa May lays out her vision for Brexit: Full speech

A little over six months ago, the British people voted for change. They voted to shape a brighter future for our country. They voted to leave the European Union and embrace the world. And they did so with their eyes open: accepting that the road ahead will be uncertain at […]

by × January 17, 2017 ×

Liberty

A free press is essential to a free society. Stand up for it.

A free press is essential to a free society. Stand up for it.

It is only three years ago since there was an attempt made to introduce a form of state regulation of the press. It failed, and should have been discarded into the pile of hastily proposed terrible government ideas. Instead, we have to fight the battle all over again. The consultation […]

by × January 10, 2017 ×

Liberty

European Arrest Warrant on trial: The case of Alexander Adamescu

European Arrest Warrant on trial: The case of Alexander Adamescu

Conservatives for Liberty have long held deep reservations about the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) on a matter of principle; injustices are inevitable because the EAW is based upon the false premise that all criminal justice systems in the EU are equal, free of corruption, and uphold similar levels of equity […]

by × January 4, 2017 ×

Europe

The Richmond by-election is not a mandate to reverse Brexit

The Richmond by-election victory for the Lib Dems has got the remainers rather over excited. Sarah Olney said the outcome had sent a “shockwave” through Downing Street and paved the way for Parliament to “override” the EU withdrawal referendum result. This is a particularly baffling conclusion to make; a by-election mandate of 20,000 […]

by × December 2, 2016 ×

Europe

Merry Christmas! Eurocrats receive another bumper pay rise

It’s going to be a very merry Christmas in Brussels this year! Yes, though millions of people across the EU are suffering thanks to the stagnant eurozone and the constraints of the euro currency, although there’s a migration crisis that has been badly bungled, and ongoing economic crises across the continent, despite […]

by × November 28, 2016 ×

Leftwatch, News

Fidel Castro was a murderous tyrant and should be nobody’s icon

Fidel Castro was a murderous tyrant and should be nobody’s icon

Fidel Castro was an icon of the Left. Today numerous Left wing politicians and commentators will talk about the “good that he did” before they acknowledge the down side. They are blinkered; nothing excuses his tyranny and record of human rights abuses The death of Fidel Castro has immediately exposed the […]

by × November 26, 2016 ×