Liberty

Liberty

On “global Britain” – Boris Johnson’s speech in full #CPC16

I was at the UN general assembly in NY the other day and talking to the foreign minister of another country. I won’t say which one, since I must preserve my reputation for diplomacy, but let’s just say they have an economy about the size of Australia (though getting smaller, […]

by × October 2, 2016 ×

Liberty

The Adam Smith Institute at the Conservative conference

The Adam Smith Institute at the Conservative conference

Mon, Oct 3, 20161:00pm Tue, Oct 4, 20166:30pm IET Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham, England, B1 2NP, United Kingdom If you’re planning on making the journey to Britain’s second city (sorry, Manchester) for this year’s Conservative Party Conference, you might like to come along to one, two or five of the Adam […]

by × October 2, 2016 ×

Health & Environment, Liberty

Christopher Snowdon on the Moral Argument for Choice & Personal Responsibility

Christopher Snowdon on the Moral Argument for Choice & Personal Responsibility

Christopher Snowdon’s 2015 speech at the Palace of Westminster for the Conservatives for Liberty lobby evening: Forgive Us Our Trespasses: The Moral Case for Choice & Personal Responsibility  When I think about personal liberty and the nanny state; I think of first and foremost of the so-called “public health” lobby. They seem […]

by × September 23, 2016 ×

Liberty

Extradition and the European Arrest Warrant: Meet Alexander Adamescu at September’s Pint and Patter

Extradition and the European Arrest Warrant: Meet Alexander Adamescu at September’s Pint and Patter

The European Arrest Warrant exists, in theory, to enable the extradition of suspected criminals across European borders. But in reality extradition is being used to pursue political vendettas against innocent parties who will in turn be subjected to judicial processes that fall far beneath the standards of our own. In […]

by × September 22, 2016 ×

Europe, Liberty

Post-Brexit: Extradition and the European Arrest Warrant

Post-Brexit: Extradition and the European Arrest Warrant

During the EU referendum campaign, the issue of Extradition and more specifically the European Arrest Warrant was raised as a reason that we should leave the EU, and as to why we needed to remain. However, the historical background to the EAW is not quite as it was painted during […]

by × September 21, 2016 ×

Liberty

The complete idiot’s guide to liberty

The complete idiot’s guide to liberty

Liberty – The primary political value Travellers to this country in centuries gone by used to marvel at the Englishman’s remarkable love of liberty. Indeed, it was our defining characteristic. “I am in a country which scarcely resembles the rest of Europe. England is passionately fond of liberty, and every individual […]

by × September 18, 2016 ×

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 ×

Liberty

It’s prohibition that causes “drug related
deaths” by creating a dangerous,
unregulated market

This article was published a day before a review by Islington Council revoked Fabric nightclub’s licence following the drug-related deaths of two teenagers. A response to the ruling is included below. Last year I wrote for the CfL blog on the folly of the Psychoactive Substances Bill, and its moralistic, vague attack on the recreational […]

by × September 5, 2016 ×

Europe, Liberty

We should guarantee the rights of EU  nationals living in the UK. Now.

We should guarantee the rights of EU
nationals living in the UK. Now.

Sometimes a nation has to set a good example and do the right thing, the moral thing. Although we need all the bargaining chips and leverage we can get for what will inevitably be extremely challenging negotiations with the EU as we seek an exit settlement; we shouldn’t toy with […]

by × September 1, 2016 ×

Liberty

Alex Illingworth: A study of British conservatism

Alex Illingworth: A study of British conservatism

Freedom and conservatism go hand in hand. Britain has considered itself a nation of liberty for centuries, with the origins of its current constitution reaching back to the middle ages. I have long believed that conservatism is about preserving a set of common values, including personal liberty, and in my […]

by × August 31, 2016 ×

Leftwatch, Liberty

Labour’s conference is only going ahead because of zero-hours contracts

Labour’s conference is only going ahead
because of zero-hours contracts

You may not have followed this latest saga, so let me explain: Last year the Labour NEC voted to boycott G4S, the usual provider of its conference security. This boycott is its own story of ridiculous anti-Israel sentiment within the Labour Party: the NEC voted to boycott G4S because it […]

by × August 27, 2016 ×

Capitalism, Liberty

Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe wants the state
to restrict consumer choice

Capitalism and business are different things. Few stories illustrate that fact quite so sharply as the news that big retailers are demanding that the Government impose mandatory controls on what they can sell. Apparently the British Retail Consortium is ‘disappointed’ that Theresa May’s new health drive is voluntary. Mike Coupe, […]

by × August 21, 2016 ×