Articles by: Emily Barley

Home Affairs, News

Queen’s Speech: The government is eroding your civil liberties – help us fight them

Queen’s Speech: The government is eroding
your civil liberties – help us fight them

So there we have it. Her Majesty the Queen has delivered the government’s legislative programme for the next year. Contained within there were potentially good bits, and some pretty awful bits too. Right now the Conservatives for Liberty team’s attention is largely focussed on the coming EU referendum – and […]

by × May 18, 2016 ×

Europe, News

Conservatives for Liberty welcomes the designation of Vote Leave as lead campaigner

Conservatives for Liberty welcomes the
designation of Vote Leave as lead campaigner

Last month we announced our support for Vote Leave in its bid to be designated the official lead campaign by the Electoral Commission in the upcoming referendum on membership of the EU. They were up against Grassroots Out. We judged that Vote Leave was better placed to make the arguments […]

by × April 13, 2016 ×

Education, Home Affairs

What happens when a sink school
becomes an academy?

Providing good quality education for the most deprived communities in our country is not easy. For children living in poverty or broken homes, or perhaps with drug or alcohol abuse at home or a parent in prison, education is very hard indeed. I should know, because this is the kind […]

by × April 13, 2016 ×

Home Affairs

In defence of Punch & Judy politics

“They’re like squabbling children” “How they behave is a disgrace” “They need to grow up and have some respect” I’m sure we’ve all heard comments like this. You may even have said them yourself. When people tune into the news on a Wednesday evening and see the heckling, the laughing, […]

by × April 13, 2016 ×

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 ×