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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 ×

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 ×

Europe

Rumination on the Federation

This piece will assume the mind of a eurosceptic, cognizant of the evolution of the European project and dismayed by the stark reality of the subsequent development of what once was a device for mutual cooperation between European states at the dawning of the Cold War. When the guns fell silent […]

by × June 3, 2013 ×

Liberty, News

Snoopers and telescreens – a bad week for
privacy

As an Apple enthusiast, I have to admit I’ve never had much time for Microsoft. Even before I switched to Mac five years ago, I always had a degree of contempt for the company and its products. Bill Gates’ company always seemed to me sluggish, dirigiste, extortionate, lacking innovation, high […]

by × June 2, 2013 ×

Liberty

Big Brother rears his ugly head after
Woolwich

Following the tragic events in Woolwich last week, the political rhetoric has taken its usual, predictable course. First of all came the ‘Keep calm and carry on’ style reassurances from the party leaders, who condemned the attacks whilst offering their condolences to the family and friends of the victim. Now, […]

by × May 27, 2013 ×

Foreign Affairs

Obama is wrong about those who warn of
tyranny – and recent events prove it

In a graduation speech made to the Class of 2013 at Ohio State University earlier this month, President Obama warned students about ‘…voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that is the root of all our problems. You should reject those voices,’ he […]

by × May 20, 2013 ×

Europe

The EU: ignoring history at its peril

By Calum Heaton-Gent When the euro currency was officially introduced in January 1999, it apparently harked a new age of European financial success. Yet this was not the first attempt at currency unification. And neither will it be the first and last to fail.  On December 23, 1865, the nations of […]

by × May 15, 2013 ×