Economy

Economy

Event tickets: Corporatism in action

Event tickets: Corporatism in action

I for one was glad to see a Conservative Majority Government on May 8, 2015. It meant, after years of having to compromise to the whims of the anti-business Business Secretary Vince Cable, a majority Conservative Government presented a clean slate to push the values that I am proud Conservatives […]

by × July 2, 2015 ×

Economy

Privatisation is also not a dirty word

Privatisation is also not a dirty word

Regular readers of this blog may remember my last post, in which I stated private profit is not evil. Well, neither is that other oft-abused word, “privatisation.” The UK led the world in selling off nationalised industries in the 1980s and early 1990s yet today, privatisation is most often used in […]

by × April 21, 2015 ×

Economy, Leftwatch

Profit is not a dirty word

Profit is not a dirty word

When was the last time you went food shopping? You might have gone to a supermarket, a local grocer’s, a market stall, or ordered online. Wherever you shopped, you can be certain someone made a profit. The farmer or manufacturer made a profit selling his produce to the shopkeeper. The […]

by × April 14, 2015 ×

Economy

Advertising in a Free Society

Advertising in a Free Society

I’ve just finished reading this wonderful book, Advertising in a Free Society, written by Ralph Harris and Arthur Seldon in 1959 and recently edited by Chris Snowdon. My day job is in the advertising industry, so I was massively geeking out over advertising AND free markets, all in one place. […]

by × December 9, 2014 ×

Economy

How to spot a boondoggle

How to spot a boondoggle

By Cllr Robert Barnard boondoggle n. An unnecessary and expensive piece of work, especially one paid for by the public. – Cambridge Advanced Dictionary and Thesaurus An American term believed to date from the 1930s and originally referred to items which were probably unnecessary but made for job creation under Roosevelt’s New […]

by × November 25, 2013 ×

Economy

What austerity?

What austerity?

By Thomas Pike Observing from afar what is undoubtedly the biggest political debate of our era, you’d be forgiven for believing our Chancellor was worthy of a character from a 1970s Vietnam war film; machete in one hand, flamethrower in the other, slashing and scorching his way through the tangled […]

by × June 30, 2013 ×

Economy

Austerity Britain: an orderly decline?

Austerity Britain: an orderly decline?

By Thomas Pike As this is to be my first post for Conservative for Liberty, I thought I’d try something a little bold. Instead of tackling the admittedly very juicy subjects of Westminster rent-seeking and mass surveillance of the population (which our selfless public servants have been so kind as […]

by × June 11, 2013 ×

Economy

If we can have the Canadians’ central bank governor, can we have their PM, too?

If we can have the Canadians’ central bank
governor, can we have their PM, too?

In less than five months, Canadian Mark Carney will succeed Mervyn King as Governor of the Bank of England. It isn’t difficult to see why such a unorthodox appointment was made – Carney has been Governor of the Bank of Canada during a remarkable period in the Frozen Dominion’s history. […]

by × February 17, 2013 ×