Articles by: Elena Attfield

Liberty

The Ashers ruling is not about tolerance or equality under the law

The Ashers ruling is not about tolerance or equality under the law

By dictating that the small company must by law use its resources to partake in an exchange involuntarily, this was effectively a ruling that declared private businesses to be subject to whatever public authorities decide is the most appropriate conduct of business. This sets a precedent that, no matter how […]

by × October 29, 2016 ×

Economic

The gender pay gap is not our enemy

The gender pay gap is not our enemy

Gender pay gap: It was never time to peddle the gender pay gap narrative – and it still isn’t. Its causes are too complex to be trivialised and temporal flexibility should be celebrated. Everyone has stumbled across the frequent headlines regarding the gender pay gap. Attacking its supposed persistence seems […]

by × October 10, 2016 ×

Foreign Affairs

I regret to say, goodbye Ted Cruz!

I regret to say, goodbye Ted Cruz!

Following Ted Cruz’s exit from the Republican presidential candidate race just a matter of hours ago, here are a couple of lines from his final and ever principled speech which I particularly liked: “Everybody deserves dignity and respect whether they agree with you or not” “Every one of us has […]

by × May 4, 2016 ×

Welfare

Policy proposal: Universal Basic Income

Policy proposal: Universal Basic Income

Even if it was ever effective, the welfare state has reached its expiry date. It’s time for a successful successor. A certain form of social security has been exciting the worldwide media recently – and the craziest part is that it has the potential to align itself as a platform […]

by × January 11, 2016 ×

Welfare

Should the UK introduce a universal basic income?

Should the UK introduce a universal basic income?

For – Elena Attfield The universal basic income (UBI) is given to each citizen regardless of income and, by its sheer simplicity, reduces the inefficiency and scope of the state. A safety net should incentivise work for those who can, limit bureaucracy and market distortion and free individuals from government […]

by × December 16, 2015 ×

Welfare

Autumn statement: Listen to
the (Fried)man, George!

In his review of tax credit reforms, the Chancellor George Osborne should remember and esteem the proposals of the most influential free market economist of the 20th century. Ahead of the Autumn Statement tomorrow, during which the latest tax credit reform proposals are due to make some kind of appearance, […]

by × November 24, 2015 ×

Conservatism

Elena Attfield: Why I am a Conservative

Elena Attfield: Why I am a Conservative

Recently it has been all too easy to fall into the trap of feeling like a bad human being for being a Conservative. Since the run up to the general election we have been condemned as ‘scum’ – that grim layer of dirt on the surface of a liquid – and this […]

by × October 25, 2015 ×

Economic

The “national living wage” is  economically illiterate

The “national living wage” is
economically illiterate

George Osborne’s ‘Living Wage’ might be popular politically, but in practice it is proving to be as unreasonable as expected. With businesses being forced to pay workers aged over 25 a minimum of £7.20 an hour from April next year, and £9 by 2020, it is no surprise that statements […]

by × September 2, 2015 ×

Capitalism

Capitalism as a force for good:  Supply chains and libertarianism

Capitalism as a force for good:
Supply chains and libertarianism

Case study #1 – Modern Day Slavery Supply Chains On the topic of slave labour, David Cameron is right: companies should sort out their supply chains. But is there scope for an increase in authoritative government intervention in the affairs of private business, when a gradual evolution to cleaner supply […]

by × August 15, 2015 ×

Capitalism, Leftwatch

The myth of the Scandinavian   socialist utopia

The myth of the Scandinavian
socialist utopia

If you have ever been involved in debate regarding socialism’s worth, you will no doubt have come across some rhetoric alluding to the success of socialism in the Scandinavian countries. This alone is intended to prove a correlation between standards of living and the use of socialism and progressive taxation. […]

by × June 27, 2015 ×

Taxation

Lower taxation: The moral imperative

Lower taxation: The moral imperative

What do a rise in investment and a rise in tax compliance by businesses have in common?  Firstly, they are both happening in Britain today. Secondly, they are both a positive and inevitable side effect of free market favouring policies implemented by the previous Coalition government, namely lower direct taxation. Since its […]

by × June 19, 2015 ×