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Ban this filth! Sex and the Fem-Con Axis

By Tom Roberts The recently announced ‘anti-porn filter’ has revealed how uncomfortable the British political class and, indeed, wider British society is with sex – at least in the public sphere. Britain is infamous for its prudishness amongst our more lax neighbours on the Continent, with popular theories explaining our […]

by × August 7, 2013 ×

Foreign Affairs

The GOP divided: a lesson for Tories

If American news outlets are anything to go by, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Republicans spend more time at each others’ throats than opposing the Democrats. In its latest incarnation, the feud has manifested itself as a war of words between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Kentucky Senator […]

by × August 1, 2013 ×

Europe

Put that ruddy light out!

The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health & Food Safety committee sensationally reclassified e-cigarettes as medicinal products this month. The e-cigarette has been instrumental in recent years in aiding thousands of smokers to quit. For those who are unfamiliar with the e-cigarette, it allows the consumer to get their nicotine fix […]

by × July 25, 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 ×

Europe

Go East, young man!

Ever since its inception, the European project has been dominated by a partnership originally inspired by reconciliation but now predominantly borne out of stone cold realism. The Franco-German motor that has driven the European Union has been largely unshakeable. Today they may disagree over macroeconomic policy but in reality they […]

by × July 24, 2013 ×

Europe

The EU divorce paper?

The EU divorce paper?

“We need to give serious consideration to how the UK could have a free and prosperous economy outside the EU.” The Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) announced that it was going to award a prize of €100,000 to the lucky participant who came up with the best Brexit (British exit […]

by × July 23, 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 ×

Capitalism

A free market crusade or protectionist gambit?

A free market crusade or protectionist
gambit?

Hailed as the ‘biggest bilateral trade deal in history’ the upcoming trade talks between the United States and the European Union have the potential to boost global free trade like never before. The US and the EU represent the biggest trading blocks on Earth so it is no surprise the […]

by × July 16, 2013 ×

Europe, Foreign Affairs

The Brussels ultimatum: espionage and
trading secrets

 “This is a serious issue that no one over 40 years of age really gets. It is about our lives.” They (the European Union) will be more effective in changing these practices than the UK acting alone.” – David Davis MP, July 2013 Over the past few weeks, western democracies […]

by × July 16, 2013 ×

Foreign Affairs

The Arab Spring is looking more like 1848
than 1989

In Egypt, President Muhammad Morsi of the Freedom and Justice Party (the political wing of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood) was ousted by the military in a coup which took place following days of protests across the country calling for Morsi’s resignation. His crime? The betrayal of Egypt’s revolution which had […]

by × July 10, 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 ×

Foreign Affairs

The Serpent’s Head

The Serpent’s Head

One of the things I’ve never quite understood about the Left is its willingness to relentlessly attack Christianity in the name of atheism and secularism yet, at the same time, side with Muslims generally and, sometimes, Islamists in particular. I have friends who are exceptions to this rule and hate […]

by × June 25, 2013 ×