Articles by: Sara Scarlett

Liberty

Feminists and the Veil

Feminists and the Veil

I’ve been more than slightly bemused by signs at anti-Trump protests lately. More than once I’ve seen signs, held up by Liberal feminists which suggest that the Islamic veil is ‘liberation’ or ‘empowerment.’ You may be slightly surprised by this but I agree! And even though I would never wear […]

by × April 19, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Saudi Arabia is an apartheid state

Saudi Arabia is an apartheid state

The label ‘Apartheid’ is bandied around frequently these days, sadly it hasn’t stuck to the one State who, in my humble opinion, not only deserves it but whose human rights atrocities are routinely ignored and glossed over by the International Community for the sake of not rocking the boat. Unlike […]

by × March 26, 2017 ×

Capitalism, Leftwatch, Liberty

Why the socialist resentment of wealth is so wrong

Why the socialist resentment of wealth is so wrong

One of the most common world views I’ve come across in my time as an activist is the notion that wealth is a noun. The concept that wealth is something you can physically take from someone who has is it, and give it to someone who does not. This is […]

by × September 7, 2016 ×

Capitalism

What’s wrong with commodification?

One of my pet peeves is a particular brand of wooly-political thinking whereby individuals denounce the ‘commodification’ of things that, according to them, shouldn’t be commodified. It’s usually things like health care and/or education which said individuals wrap in soppy, emotional rhetoric and reams upon reams of abstract concepts because […]

by × August 18, 2016 ×

Education, Liberty

Stop worrying and learn to love a genuine  market in education

Stop worrying and learn to love a genuine
market in education

Of course Grammar Schools should not be banned. It simply isn’t the proper role of the State to ban any type of school, with the exception of terrorist training camps, but to presume that overturning the ban on Grammars is enough to unwed the British education system from its current […]

by × August 9, 2016 ×

Economic

Five reasons the Government must
build more houses

I am now well and truly sick of the housing crisis being described as a “bubble.” Housing price inflation is not just due to cheap credit. In the case of the UK housing market, house price inflation is largely due to a literal dearth of houses to live in. Mortgages […]

by × August 1, 2016 ×

Economic

Subsidies are always bad.  Subsidies are always immoral.

Subsidies are always bad.
Subsidies are always immoral.

Since the Referendum, I have been dismayed at seeing angry posts on social media lamenting the loss of subsidies from the European Union. One of the reasons I voted for leaving the EU is because of the Common Agricultural Policy and, for me, it’s demise remains one of the most […]

by × July 3, 2016 ×

Leftwatch

How the Liberal Democrats helped create UKIP

How the Liberal Democrats helped create UKIP

The Liberal Democrats are relatively good civil libertarians, but when it comes to lifestyle freedoms one wonders how widely a party can interpret the word ‘Liberal.’ There is no branch of Liberal thought that can comfortably justify the high levels of nanny-statism we experience in the United Kingdom. Disappointingly the […]

by × June 20, 2016 ×

Health & Environment

The NHS cannot be made better

The NHS cannot be made better

The NHS is a mass of contradictions. It is the envy of the world but no other country has tried to copy it. It is all that is good about us as a nation, but it is constantly in crisis. The NHS is perfect, but nobody is happy with it. […]

by × May 23, 2016 ×

Economic

The housing crisis is pure Government failure

The housing crisis is pure Government failure

It’s only a matter time before the government has no other option but to liberalise planning regulations so that more housing can be built. No amount of minor tinkering around the edges of the problem with policies such as ‘Help To Buy’ will solve the housing crisis. The problems of […]

by × May 11, 2016 ×

Conservatism

Your good intentions are not enough

Your good intentions are not enough

In this recent post by Ben Harris, he aptly describes a insidious culture in which after a problem is identified “something must done” regardless of what that something is. To object to what is being done is tantamount to sanctioning the existence of the problem or denying the problem exists. […]

by × April 6, 2016 ×

Constitution

The Monarchy reminds politicians of their  rightful place

The Monarchy reminds politicians of their
rightful place

Last weekend I enjoyed ‘Our Queen At Ninety’ on ITV, and in a time when many are calling a constitutional monarchy ‘out of date,’ I think it’s worth exploring what value the monarchy still holds. I would argue that the monarchy has survived and continues to be useful because having […]

by × March 30, 2016 ×