Articles by: Sam Hooper

Taxation

Now Heathrow is approved; it’s time to end the war against aviation by slashing Air Passenger Duty

Air Passenger Duty is regressive and anti-business and anti-consumer; it should by cut as a much needed boost for Brexit Britain About this time every year, my Texan wife and I glance at the calendar and realise, with dread, that the time has come to book plane tickets to the States […]

by × October 26, 2016 ×

Education, Europe

Pro-Brexit students
face hostility in British schools

British schools and universities represent an oppressive space for young students who believe in free speech or hold pro-Brexit beliefs If you think that you have been made to feel uncomfortable for holding eurosceptic, pro-Brexit beliefs, spare a thought for those young Brexiteers trapped firmly behind enemy lines in the […]

by × July 31, 2016 ×

Scotland

UK Supreme Court strikes down the SNP’s  named person scheme

UK Supreme Court strikes down the SNP’s
named person scheme

The UK Supreme Court slaps down the SNP-led Scottish Government’s assault on privacy and individual liberty manifested in the evil Named Person scheme, citing the creeping threat of totalitarianism Good news from the UK Supreme Court this week, which made an important decision in favour of civil liberties and privacy […]

by × July 31, 2016 ×

Leftwatch

Social justice commandments: Being a  good parent perpetuates unfair privilege

Social justice commandments: Being a
good parent perpetuates unfair privilege

The warped philosophy of social justice decrees that good parents are part of the problem, not the solution For more evidence of the sickness at the heart of our universities, I present the professor from Warwick University – my alma mater – who thinks that parents who read to their […]

by × May 26, 2016 ×

Leftwatch

The Labour Party’s soul searching exercise  is off to a bad start

The Labour Party’s soul searching exercise
is off to a bad start

Finally, a glimmer of self-awareness from within the perennially self-satisfied Labour Party. But there is a long, difficult road ahead if Labour are serious about reaching out to their legions of disaffected former voters, and it is far from certain that senior party figures have either the stamina or the […]

by × May 19, 2016 ×

Health

Stik’s street art, like his life story, is moving. But this worship of the NHS is dangerous

Stik’s street art, like his life story, is moving. But this worship of the NHS is dangerous

In secular Britain, the only things left to worship are ourselves, government and the NHS. And boy, do we do it well. Here is an interesting variant on the usual deification of the NHS we are used to seeing and hearing from the organisation’s cult-like defenders. From the Hackney Citizen: Stik, the once-homeless […]

by × May 17, 2016 ×

Leftwatch

A student artist is re-educated in the ways  of social justice

A student artist is re-educated in the ways
of social justice

Artistic freedom, like academic freedom, is at risk from the social justice / identity politics takeover of our universities.  What is a poor social justice warrior student to do when confronted with a piece of campus artwork which causes them “mental harm”? Simple! Just send a snivelling email to the […]

by × May 9, 2016 ×

Foreign Affairs

Turkey sentences journalists to prison  over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Turkey sentences journalists to prison
over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

In Turkey, Theocracy – 1, Free Press – 0 Turkey takes another step towards fundamentalist theocracy as freedom of the press recedes even further. Hurriyet Daily News reports: Two journalists were sentenced to two years in prison on April 28 for republishing in their columns a cover of French satirical magazine Charlie […]

by × May 5, 2016 ×

Leftwatch

Conservative professors in the closet

Conservative professors in the closet

Conservative students and professors have long felt the need to downplay, disguise or hide their true political leanings. We have long known that the university campus and large parts of the academy are a hostile environment – an unsafe space, if you will – for those of a conservative mindset, student and professor […]

by × May 1, 2016 ×

Health & Environment

The cynicism of the NHS Junior Doctors’ Dispute

The cynicism of the NHS Junior Doctors’ Dispute

The junior doctors lost the moral high ground when they decided to portray a debate about pay and conditions as a high-minded effort to “save the NHS” James Kirkup has a great piece in the Telegraph in which he charges that the junior doctors’ dispute has reached an impasse not […]

by × April 26, 2016 ×

Leftwatch

The surreal NUS Annual Conference

The surreal NUS Annual Conference

We know that they are highly averse to clapping and that many of their affiliate university students’ unions have been entirely conquered by the Cult of Identity Politics, but what is life really like at the NUS annual conference? Jack Grove has been into the lion’s den (or should that be sheep’s […]

by × April 26, 2016 ×

Constitution, Leftwatch

Now even the US constitution is a trigger  for Leftist students

Now even the US constitution is a trigger
for Leftist students

There is seemingly no limit to what coddling and overindulgent (or scared and intimidated) university administrators will do to keep identity politics-wielding student cultists happy and quiet Late last year, an undercover reporter from Project Veritas posing as a student went to university administrators in several colleges to complain about somebody handing […]

by × April 14, 2016 ×