Articles by: Eimhear MacFarlane

Northern Ireland

Things Northern Irish politicians waste  my money on (part one)

Things Northern Irish politicians waste
my money on (part one)

A few months ago we touched on the subject of taxpayers subsidising voluntary organisations like the GAA and loyalist bands. Without being drawn on the similarities between the two, or indeed the differences, of which there are arguably many, the fact is that organisations which are voluntary should not be […]

by × September 28, 2015 ×

Conservatism

Not ‘gibberish’ but reality – I am a Conservative

Not ‘gibberish’ but reality – I am a Conservative

I’m not sure if I’ve ever met Raheem Kassam so I can’t be certain if I ever expressed any ideologically impure thoughts in his company that might come back to haunt me after I’ve written this. However I’m guessing that as I’m not employed by anyone remotely associated with the […]

by × August 9, 2015 ×

Liberty, Northern Ireland

Regulate not our sins

Regulate not our sins

An older Conservative member told me a chilling tale recently. During the late 1960s he and a friend, both men of moderate opinions and supportive of the then Prime Minister Terence O’Neill, went along to the Ulster Hall to hear Ian Paisley speak. They knew what they were letting themselves […]

by × July 30, 2015 ×

Northern Ireland, Welfare

Entitlement culture makes no moral or economic sense

Entitlement culture makes no moral or
economic sense

I’ve been searching around for a few examples of the entitlement culture that dominates Northern Ireland’s political life for a few weeks now. Partly because you hear things said that you never see written but partly because since starting CfL in Northern Ireland we’ve wanted to define exactly what we […]

by × July 3, 2015 ×

Liberty

Don’t use my personal data improperly

Don’t use my personal data improperly

I realise that it’s hugely ironic that my first post for the Conservatives for Liberty blog should be invoking a piece of legislation, let alone that passed by a Labour government – but here goes nothing… The Data Protection Act (1998) is quite clear about how personal data should be […]

by × June 26, 2015 ×