CfL of Nations

Liberty, Northern Ireland

Doubling down: More government to solve bad government…

Doubling down: More government to solve bad government…

Two polls were released by YouGov recently which paint an interesting picture of the public perception on Governance; these claimed that 31% of the public do not believe that the Government regulates business to an adequate amount, whilst only 19% doubted the effectiveness of this interference, arguing it is pursued […]

by × June 6, 2016 ×

CfL of Nations, Liberty, Scotland

Scotland needs liberty

Scotland needs liberty

Scotland has for too long been governed by statists. For a generation the political debate in Scotland had revolved around Labour and the SNP arguing amongst themselves about which one is more left wing. Since the SNP took power in the Holyrood elections nine years ago the size, scope and […]

by × May 23, 2016 ×

Liberty, Northern Ireland

Even bigots have rights

Even bigots have rights

For anybody unaware already, a Belfast bakery is appealing a court decision which has ruled that they broke the law by failing to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan on it. The bakers were ordered to pay £500 in damages. Gareth Lee, member of LGBT advocacy group Queer […]

by × May 11, 2016 ×

Europe, Northern Ireland

Being in the UK doesn’t make me feel less  Irish. Leaving the EU won’t make people  feel less European.

Being in the UK doesn’t make me feel less
Irish. Leaving the EU won’t make people
feel less European.

The general argument I have come across from opposition is that there is too much uncertainty in leaving the European Union, with many believing it is better to stick with the devil you know than the one you don’t. This to me is akin telling an abused spouse that they […]

by × April 17, 2016 ×

Liberty, Northern Ireland

Make a change in Northern Ireland:
Think Big, Vote Small!

My greatest political nightmare is one in which the 2016 Stormont Elections return the Government. And only the Government. Within the majority of democracies this dystopian vision would be brushed aside as the ramblings of a madman. But in Northern Ireland the scenario, although unlikely, is not entirely improbable. Within […]

by × February 23, 2016 ×

Capitalism, Liberty, Northern Ireland

Uber meets its match – Belfast.

Uber meets its match – Belfast.

William, I’d guess, was about 50.  In the 10  minutes we spent together our conversation was essentially limited to one subject – but I gathered that he had driven taxis for a good few years. He owned his own taxi and the business that went with it, and knew everything […]

by × January 19, 2016 ×

Northern Ireland

Things Northern Irish politicians waste my  money on (part three)

Things Northern Irish politicians waste my
money on (part three)

Invest NI sounds like a wonderful thing. It’s a quango, of sorts, that exists purely to ‘support’ the growth and expansion of Northern Irish businesses; particularly those that export abroad. To do this they give grants to employ new staff, support market appraisals and create business plans. And when a […]

by × October 11, 2015 ×

Northern Ireland

Things Northern Irish politicians waste my  money on (part two)

Things Northern Irish politicians waste my
money on (part two)

By Peter Wilson It seems like most people on Twitter are only there to be outraged. Having a proper understanding of the correct role of government in a forward-moving society, and living in Northern Ireland, I am outraged all the time. This week my attention was drawn to a tweet […]

by × September 29, 2015 ×

Northern Ireland

Things Northern Irish politicians waste  my money on (part one)

Things Northern Irish politicians waste
my money on (part one)

A few months ago we touched on the subject of taxpayers subsidising voluntary organisations like the GAA and loyalist bands. Without being drawn on the similarities between the two, or indeed the differences, of which there are arguably many, the fact is that organisations which are voluntary should not be […]

by × September 28, 2015 ×

Conservatism, Northern Ireland

Natalie McAleer: Why I am a Conservative

Natalie McAleer: Why I am a Conservative

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but two years ago, I didn’t know what a Conservative was – I simply knew it was a British political party. Reading my A-level British politics textbooks, I decided I should probably find out, and it took me another month to figure out that the […]

by × August 23, 2015 ×

Northern Ireland

“I’m just out for a pint of milk”: A Sunday in North Belfast

“I’m just out for a pint of milk”: A Sunday
in North Belfast

Sunday mornings are fairly quiet affairs in Belfast at the best of times but yesterday it was even more so. From early on in the day a ring of steel was formed around Royal Avenue as the PSNI moved in to enforce a Parades Commission determination relating to the route […]

by × August 10, 2015 ×

Economic, Northern Ireland

Stormont’s ridiculous transport policy got me fined

Stormont’s ridiculous transport policy
got me fined

A few days ago I returned home from a hard couple of days creating wealth over the water to find a typically large pile of post waiting for me. Sifting through the usual bank statements, bills and special offers my eyes focussed on a manila envelope with an Omagh post […]

by × August 1, 2015 ×