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Leftwatch

Want to be a good socialist? Steal from the poor!

There’s a commonly-held misconception that people grow rich by taking from the poor, rather than by providing goods and services which people want or need and exchanging those for money, which is what actually happens in a capitalist economy. Ironically, the only way in which you can legitimately grow rich […]

by × April 1, 2013 ×

Leftwatch, Welfare

Why are benefits better than food banks?

Why are benefits better than food banks?

Some things never change and, given the Labour front bench is run by the very same people it was under Gordon Brown, it’s hardly surprising the spin machine is as busy as ever. The coining of fallacies such as ‘bedroom tax’ have been as successful as they are deceptive in […]

by × March 8, 2013 ×

Conservatism, News

A delusional leader, a split in the Right; Eastleigh is just the beginning

A delusional leader, a split in the Right;
Eastleigh is just the beginning

How do you solve a problem like Maria? That was the tagline, with a few variations, for many commentators during the Eastleigh campaign. But the Conservatives’ catastrophic defeat at Eastleigh is indicative of a number of problems facing the party, of which candidate Maria Hutchings was by far the least. […]

by × March 3, 2013 ×

Economy

If we can have the Canadians’ central bank governor, can we have their PM, too?

If we can have the Canadians’ central bank
governor, can we have their PM, too?

In less than five months, Canadian Mark Carney will succeed Mervyn King as Governor of the Bank of England. It isn’t difficult to see why such a unorthodox appointment was made – Carney has been Governor of the Bank of Canada during a remarkable period in the Frozen Dominion’s history. […]

by × February 17, 2013 ×

Elections

Winning the north is about being more Conservative, not less

Winning the north is about being more Conservative, not less

ConservativeHome’s Deep End has picked up on an interesting column by the New York Times’ David Brooks on what he sees as the need for ‘a second GOP’ in the US which would be able to reach out to presently untouched coastal and Midwestern voters. The comparison to the Conservatives’ […]

by × February 9, 2013 ×

Conservatism, News

Today’s vote could not have fallen on a better day for reconciliation

Today’s vote could not have fallen on a better day for reconciliation

Today is an important day for Conservatives. And though it is likely to be overshadowed by the historic victory of the House of Commons passing the Equal Marriage Bill, it could not have fallen on a more auspicious date for healing the breach exposed by its passage. It was on […]

by × February 5, 2013 ×

Liberty

Joe Bloggs cares not a jot for gay marriage – and God bless him for it

‘Splits’ in politics are favourite subjects for the media. Whether these are real or imagined splits within a coalition government, a political party or said party’s supporters, it’s a subject that is easy to write and makes good reading in newspapers. But with the media increasingly prone to hyperbole, it’s […]

by × February 5, 2013 ×

Liberty

Britain was brave to abolish the slave trade; we must be so with gay marriage

We have more to be proud of than we sometimes give ourselves credit for in this country. We not only led the world in the development of parliamentarianism, free trade and industry but also in some of the great humanitarian leaps of history such as abolishing the slave trade and, […]

by × February 3, 2013 ×

Home Affairs

What constitution?

Matthew Groves MP makes some very good points about some of the best features of Conservatism in his ConservativeHome column today – summed up in Viscount Falkland’s quip ‘when it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.’ This, as a political philosophy, is in contrast to […]

by × January 31, 2013 ×

Capitalism

Wake up and smell Cameron’s foul brew

Wake up and smell Cameron’s foul brew

Whatever lefties may tell you, faith in markets has never quite taken hold amongst conservatives. There has always been a tendency, as with socialists, to affect social change by turning to the state. William Wilberforce, an enthusiast for socially repressive legislation if ever there was one, provides a good historical […]

by × January 25, 2013 ×

Home Affairs

Sorry Nigel, UKIP is not a libertarian party

One of the more frequent claims by UKIP activists attempting to recruit me, particularly the younger ones, is that their party is an inherently libertarian one – one which stands apart from the three main parties (if you can count the Lib Dems anymore) in its focus on liberty. Certainly […]

by × January 19, 2013 ×