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Should we be “immunised” against Fake News?

Should we be “immunised” against Fake News?

From the moment that our infant minds are blown by the intoxicating information overload of curious colours, shapes and sounds, we are hooked. Our parents and teachers provide the gateway learning that leads to a lifetime of addiction, with cravings fed by a vast marketplace of clinical facts and recreational […]

by × April 19, 2017 ×

Liberty

Kelvin MacKenzie is a pound shop Nigel Farage; but that isn’t a crime

Kelvin MacKenzie is a pound shop Nigel Farage; but that isn’t a crime

This week in an article for the Sun which has since been taken down due to the outrage it caused. Kelvin Mackenzie, a Sun columnist and former editor of the Sun, said this in an article on Everton footballer Ross Barkley in the aftermath of the footballer being punched in an […]

by × April 16, 2017 ×

Elections, Europe

No, Brexit was not “hacked”

No, Brexit was not “hacked”

The Public Administration and Consitutional Affairs Committee of the House of Commons today released a report on lessons learned from the EU referendum. Immediately, the press has seized upon a couple of paragraphs to do with cyber-security, to re-animate the old stories about the referendum being ‘hacked’. In particular, the […]

by × April 13, 2017 ×

America, Defence, News

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China Lake, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2002) -- A Tactical "Tomahawk" Block IV cruise missile, conducts a controlled flight test over the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) western test range complex in southern California.  During the second such test flight, the missile successfully completed a vertical underwater launch, flew a fully guided 780-mile course, and impacted a designated target structure as planned. The Tactical Tomahawk, the next generation of Tomahawk cruise missile, adds the capability to reprogram the missile while in-flight to strike any of 15 preprogrammed alternate targets, or redirect the missile to any Global Positioning System (GPS) target coordinates. It also will be able to loiter over a target area for some hours, and with its on-board TV camera, will allow the war fighting commanders to assess battle damage of the target, and, if necessary redirect the missile to any other target. Launched from the Navy's forward-deployed ships and submarines, Tactical Tomahawk will provide a greater flexibility to the on-scene commander.  Tactical Tomahawk is scheduled to join the fleet in 2004.  U.S. Navy photo.  (RELEASED)

Poll: Was Trump right to order missile strikes against Syria?

This morning we woke up to the news that President Trump had ordered missile strikes against a Syrian air base in retaliation for Syrian use of chemical weapons. One of the biggest areas of disagreement between libertarians is defence, and the CfL team is no different. Here chairman Emily Barley […]

by × April 7, 2017 ×

Economic, Europe

What is the impact of tariffs & Rules of Origin outside the EU Customs Union?

What is the impact of tariffs & Rules of Origin outside the EU Customs Union?

It is perhaps surprising that so much attention has been given to the Single Market, yet so little attention has been paid to the EU Customs Union. Particularly as leaving the EU Customs Union has potentially greater impacts on UK trade than leaving the Single Market: A repatriated trade policy […]

by × April 5, 2017 ×

Liberty

Religion cannot be protected from debate and criticism

Religion cannot be protected from debate and criticism

When Khalid Masood drove his car over pedestrians on Westminster Bridge with nothing but anger and a vague notion of Jihad in his heart, it was not the first time that Britain had been the victim of a religious zealot. Nor will it be the last. In our assessment of […]

by × April 4, 2017 ×

Law & Order, Liberty

Dear Amber Rudd; there are no “necessary hashtags”

Dear Amber Rudd; there are no “necessary hashtags”

The most disturbing aspect of the Home Secretary’s howlingly incompetent maunderings on Sunday’s Andrew Marr show wasn’t her view of encryption. Although the idea of banning of compromising strong crypto is disturbing, it is vanishingly unlikely that it will come to pass. Whenever similar ideas have been floated in the […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×

Europe

Jeremy Corbyn should give Henry VIII more credit

Jeremy Corbyn should give Henry VIII more credit

Poor Henry VIII. Remembered primarily for being obese and a serial monogamist, the father of Elizabeth I last weekend had to endure the supreme indignity of a codpiecing by Jeremy Corbyn on national television. “I don’t think the record of Henry VIII on promoting democracy, inclusion and participation was a […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×

Europe

Brexit: Leaving the Customs Union and repatriating trade policy

Brexit: Leaving the Customs Union and repatriating trade policy

In 1973, the UK joined the EEC (as the EU was known then) and became the member of a customs union – the so-called “Common Market”. By contrast, the Single Market is a more recent development. In 1987, the Single Europe Act came into effect and paved the way for […]

by × March 27, 2017 ×

Europe, Foreign & Defence

The UK should adopt a free trade policy towards developing countries

The UK should adopt a free trade policy towards developing countries

In his recent Guardian article, David Cameron, the former UK Prime Minister and newly appointed Chair of the Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, argued that it is right for the United Kingdom to continue to give aid to developing and unstable countries. Mr Cameron argued that it is […]

by × March 27, 2017 ×

Europe

Who said satire is dead? Me. And it’s a bloody bore.

Who said satire is dead? Me. And it’s a bloody bore.

A few weeks ago I was delighted to see two very familiar names in the candidates’ book of the club which I am a member. Younger readers may not recognise Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, but among the sitcoms they have under their belt are Birds of a Feather, Goodnight […]

by × March 22, 2017 ×

Home Affairs, News

Martin McGuinnes: The legacy of a ‘peacemaker’

Martin McGuinnes: The legacy of a ‘peacemaker’

Today it was announced that Martin McGuinness, former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and IRA commander passed away. He was hailed as a ‘peacemaker’ and a man who led Republicanism from the armalite to the ballot box; one of the ‘chuckle brothers’. What will his legacy be? ‘Bloody Friday’ […]

by × March 21, 2017 ×