Articles by: Emily Barley

Capitalism, Taxation

My name is Emily and sometimes I avoid tax

My name is Emily and sometimes I avoid tax

Tax avoidance Noun The arrangement of one’s financial affairs to minimise tax liability within the law. It’s awful isn’t it? People avoiding tax. They are scum, cheating the state of its rightful property. It might be legally OK, but it is morally wrong. These are the kinds of things I […]

by × April 6, 2016 ×

Liberty

At what point does work to close the ‘gender pay gap’ become social engineering?

At what point does work to close the ‘gender
pay gap’ become social engineering?

We know that the gender pay gap is a myth. It’s a myth because men and women in comparable work with comparable experience earn the same – and when looking at younger age groups, women earn a little more. We also know that there is a difference between what mothers […]

by × March 24, 2016 ×

Economy, Health & Environment

The Sugar Levy means an extra £1 billion in government debt interest payments

The Sugar Levy means an extra £1 billion in
government debt interest payments

I’ll admit it. I am a sceptic. I thought that George Osborne had two key reasons for introducing a Sugar Levy in last week’s budget: As a nice little revenue raiser As a handy distraction from missed deficit reduction targets and pie-in-the-sky deficit forecasts. But I am willing to hold […]

by × March 21, 2016 ×

Economy

More dodgy forecasts

More dodgy forecasts

The Chancellor stood at the despatch box again today and reeled off a new set of forecasts for GDP, government spending, national debt and the budget deficit. The forecasts all fit nicely into Osborne’s promises of a £10 billion surplus by the end of the Parliament, but can we trust […]

by × March 16, 2016 ×

Health & Environment, Taxation

Un-Conservative nanny statism

Un-Conservative nanny statism

Yes, I’m talking about the ‘sugar levy’ George Osborne announced today as part of his ‘budget for the next generation’. Starting with words of warning about childhood obesity, Osborne continued “industry can act, and with the right incentives I’m sure it will.” For him, the right incentive is a sugar […]

by × March 16, 2016 ×

Capitalism, News

Uber has not won a victory in London

Uber has not won a victory in London

Today Transport for London (TfL) and the Mayor of London have announced new regulations for private hire vehicles. It’s not about all private hire vehicles though – these new regulations are aimed specifically at making it harder for Uber to operate in London and protecting black cabs from competition. As […]

by × January 20, 2016 ×

Events

2015 in review

2015 in review

Crikey, what a year! In 2015 Conservatives for Liberty hosted a range of events – some of which were so successful that we’ve decided to make them regular. We kicked off the year with two fantastic events, the first with speaker Owen Paterson MP and hosted jointly with the Selsdon […]

by × December 10, 2015 ×

Education, News

‘Free’ education would harm
the people it aims to help

​On Wednesday protesters took to the streets to demand ‘free’ education. High quality education which is accessible to all is one of the most important things in a civilised society. It is education that creates opportunity and social mobility, and as Conservatives who believe in self-reliance and hard work, education […]

by × November 7, 2015 ×

Capitalism, Economy, News

Dr Liam Fox MP calls for ‘fiscal restraint  and monetary realism’

Dr Liam Fox MP calls for ‘fiscal restraint
and monetary realism’

Speaking at the IEA this morning, Dr Fox called for an increase in interest rates and a fresh look at monetary policy. Dr Fox painted a bleak picture of quantitative easing (QE), arguing that central bankers have created a ‘drug pusher and addict‘ relationship and are now unwilling to do […]

by × October 19, 2015 ×

Events

Freedom Fizz 2015

Freedom Fizz 2015

Huge thanks to the 220 people who attended our second annual Freedom Fizz event at Conservative Party conference. We had a great time, and judging by the amount of champagne imbibed, so did you. Matt Ridley, the Viscount Ridley, called on liberty-lovers to assert themselves more strongly within the party: […]

by × October 14, 2015 ×

Capitalism

Support Uber!

Support Uber!

We at Conservatives for Liberty don’t think regulators should prevent businesses providing the services people want, yet Transport for London is proposing to regulate Uber in a way that will make the service worse for customers and make life very difficult for drivers. They claim it is about safety, but making people wait […]

by × September 30, 2015 ×

Elections

Secure your vote in the London mayoral primary

Secure your vote in the London
mayoral primary

We’ve explained why we’re backing Syed Kamall to be the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London. But right now, the priority is to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote is registered. If you are a Conservative Party member in London, or paid £1 to vote in the primary, […]

by × September 14, 2015 ×