Capitalism

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 ×

Capitalism

The impotence of the middle-class Left

The impotence of the middle-class Left

How many times has someone described themselves to you as an ‘Anti-Capitalist’? Whether on a Facebook profile or after 3 drinks at a party, some people love nothing more than to label themselves with this pseudo-rebellious moniker (ironically they tend to be the same people who use phrases like, “I […]

by × March 27, 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 ×

Capitalism

The internet schools George Lucas in the ways of the market

The internet schools George Lucas in the
ways of the market

“People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians.” George Lucas before Congress, 3 March, 1988 I spent this week very happily watching the original Star Wars trilogy, as it was screened in cinemas between 1977 and […]

by × January 19, 2016 ×

Capitalism, Liberty, Northern Ireland

Uber meets its match – Belfast.

Uber meets its match – Belfast.

William, I’d guess, was about 50.  In the 10  minutes we spent together our conversation was essentially limited to one subject – but I gathered that he had driven taxis for a good few years. He owned his own taxi and the business that went with it, and knew everything […]

by × January 19, 2016 ×

Capitalism

The virtues of capitalism  and libertarianism

The virtues of capitalism
and libertarianism

I often hear people say that their beliefs, opinions, and tastes have been a by-product of their upbringing; being a Beatles fan “because they were always playing in the car”; a Manchester United fan, “just like my dad” or a Christian because “that’s just how I was raised”, and so on. The latter […]

by × November 19, 2015 ×

Capitalism

Yetis, unicorns and the gender pay gap

Last week I was delighted to find, published in the Guardian of all places, a commentary stating that as of November 9th, we women are effectively working for free until the New Year. In order to illustrate the point the article was accompanied by a great vintage photo of the […]

by × November 17, 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 ×

Capitalism

The rise of Uber is capitalism at its best

The rise of Uber is capitalism at its best

Uber represents everything good about capitalism, disruptive innovation at its best; modernising and lifting the standards of an industry. Any politician who wants to make it harder for Uber to operate is directly working against the interests of consumers. If a group of union heavies had broken into Parliament during the […]

by × October 1, 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 ×

Capitalism, News

Don’t fund E-cigs on the NHS, just let the  market thrive!

Don’t fund E-cigs on the NHS, just let the
market thrive!

E-cigs are a marvel of technology offering smokers a satisfying way of partaking in the pleasures of nicotine without inhaling toxic fumes laced with everything from Carbon Monoxide to Arsenic. They have been growing in popularity and are used both as a safer and healthier alternative to smoking, and as […]

by × August 20, 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 ×