Liberty

Liberty

We believe in free speech

“The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it.  If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of […]

by × October 2, 2014 ×

Liberty

Stand Up For Freedom

Stand Up For Freedom

Huge thanks to everyone who came along yesterday and helped make our first ever conference event such a massive success. Thanks also must go to Forest and Simon Clark, for all their work on the event. We packed out the Sonata room of the Hyatt with 170 people. Unfortunately we […]

by × September 29, 2014 ×

Liberty

How to tackle cyberterrorism and preserve liberty?

How to tackle cyberterrorism and
preserve liberty?

By Jamie Brooke The speed and force with which the Draft Communications Data Bill was forced on Parliament has been the source of significant disapproval. The value of ensuring British cybersecurity both to industry and national security cannot be downplayed, a stance which unites those on all sides of the […]

by × September 3, 2014 ×

Conservatism, Liberty

“As little should happen as much as possible”: Traditionalism and libertarianism in the 21st century

“As little should happen as much as
possible”: Traditionalism and
libertarianism in the 21st century

“It is so to shape matters that the greatest possible liberty for the exercise of his own moral and intellectual qualities should be offered to him by law.”  – Robert Gasgogne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury. By Calum Heaton Gazing upon any portrait of Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, immediately […]

by × August 6, 2014 ×

Law & Order, Liberty

Time to scrap Blair’s extradition treaty

Time to scrap Blair’s extradition treaty

In 2002 many Conservatives campaigned vigorously against Labour’s vile proposals for an extradition treaty with the USA. It is not that an extradition treaty was in itself vile, but that Labour’s framing of their proposed treaty effectively made British citizens subject to US laws (and individual US State laws) even […]

by × June 30, 2014 ×

Liberty

Invisible handcuffs: How slavery manifests itself in modern day Britain

Invisible handcuffs: How slavery manifests
itself in modern day Britain

Attempting to justify slavery in any of its forms is to defend the indefensible; it is the total abrogation of the self and the premise of human worth. To justify a living wage though, for example, as opposed to a minimum wage is a legitimate political debate; as is the […]

by × June 20, 2014 ×

Conservatism, Liberty

Fighting for freedom: Where next for the Conservative Party

Fighting for freedom:
Where next for the Conservative Party

Yesterday a group of CfLers joined the Centre for Policy Studies’ 40th birthday celebrations at the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty. The conference brought together notable conservatives and libertarians from the UK and further afield, including our own President Daniel Hannan MEP. Some of us take it for granted that […]

by × June 19, 2014 ×

Health & Environment, Liberty

Plain packaging: plain wrong

Plain packaging: plain wrong

Plain packaging of cigarettes has to be the worst idea since Jedward attempted to sing.  With Public Health Minister Jane Ellison’s announcement that plain packaging could be put into force by 2015, the nanny state is back, under a Conservative-led government no less. Plain packaging is another attempt by members […]

by × December 4, 2013 ×

Liberty

‘Enjoy the internet responsibly’

‘Enjoy the internet responsibly’

By Jan Żeber Social networking sites are a bit like cheap lager. They are an integral part of the western world. Most people use them, some overdo them. Occasionally they become a medium of an unpleasant situation, and sometimes of a tragedy – my deepest condolences go out to the […]

by × September 1, 2013 ×

Foreign Affairs, Liberty

Snowden, Moscow and American
authoritarians

By Thomas Pike Stepping out of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport yesterday, Edward Snowdon began the first day of his new life in the Russian Federation. Having been granted asylum, he may now live where he wishes, legally work full-time,and even take up a job offer he’s already received. Issued with a […]

by × August 8, 2013 ×

Law & Order, Liberty

Porn filters are pointless, authoritarian and doomed to failure

Porn filters are pointless, authoritarian
and doomed to failure

By Stephen Hoffman Yesterday I received an email from the Prime Minister, as I’m sure thousands of other Conservative party members did, extolling the virtues of his latest policy. Were I to believe the hyperbole, I would have thought Cameron had declared peace in our time. The truth was a […]

by × July 24, 2013 ×

Law & Order, Liberty

Porn filters already exist – it’s a parent’s responsibility to use them

Porn filters already exist – it’s a parent’s
responsibility to use them

For some people, there are some things in life that seem just plain wrong. David Cameron has made it clear that for him (and the readership of the Daily Mail), it is pornography. He sees porn, it would seem, in the same way that many see smoking. Not only as […]

by × July 22, 2013 ×