Articles by: Daniel Downes

Europe

So this is how Democracy dies…

So this is how Democracy dies…

‘Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.’ Thus spake John Adams, the Second President of the United States. Against perceived odds and all mainstream predictions, 2016 seemed to demonstrate a democratic awakening. Voters delivered several, […]

by × March 10, 2017 ×

Blog, Liberty

The use and abuse of anti-Terrorism laws

The use and abuse of anti-Terrorism laws

A 23 year old Welsh solider, Robert Clarke, is serving a 12 month Community Sentence for obstructing an anti-terrorism search. The former military man had planned to fly to Jordan to join Kurdish forces in their fight against ISIS. Before boarding the flight, he was detained and instructed to hand […]

by × February 15, 2017 ×

Home Affairs

The platitudes of the liberal left will not help homeless people

The platitudes of the liberal left will not help homeless people

‘When you step over someone on the way to the pub, opera, shops or your own home, think about this for a while: there but for fate go all of us’. So ends Penny Anderson’s, Guardian article on homelessness. We should all remember, she states, that but for a few […]

by × January 23, 2017 ×

Economic

Corbyn is wrong; we need to make the poor richer, not make the rich poorer

Corbyn is wrong; we need to make the poor richer, not make the rich poorer

Despite only being a few days in, there has been a lot of talk about wage inequality already in 2017. From Jeremy Corbyn’s maximum wage cap to the IFS study into part-time work, our attention is being drawn to the gap between the haves and the have-nots. Very little debate […]

by × January 15, 2017 ×

Education

Cut quango budgets, not schools

Cut quango budgets, not schools

The Department for Education have announced their new funding formula, which means more money for schools in the most deprived areas and less for those in London. Whilst this looks like a simple rejigging of the Education budget – the National Audit Office predict that this will constitute a £3bn […]

by × December 16, 2016 ×

Liberty

Will banning Tony the Tiger save our children from sugar?

Will banning Tony the Tiger save our children from sugar?

Thanks for all the good times, Tony. It’s been gr-r-r-r-r-eat! The Committee of Advertising Practice have deemed fit to rid our screens and social media sites of Ronald McDonald and Tony the Tiger for fear that they are sucking our youth into a sugar and salt-based doom. The characters will […]

by × December 11, 2016 ×