Policy

Transport

Uber: TfL stops the clock

Uber: TfL stops the clock

Another day and another regulator has stepped in to stop the clock. That may seem an extreme statement to make about TfL’s decision not to renew Uber’s private hire operator’s licence from next Saturday but that is what the net effect will be. Uber operates in over 700 cities across […]

by × September 22, 2017 ×

Economic, Liberty

The unacceptable face of the Conservative Party

The unacceptable face of the Conservative Party

I had to do a double take yesterday when checking my Facebook feed. There, proudly stated on the Conservative Party’s very own Facebook page, and reported on BBC News, the Conservative’s were denouncing Executive pay. Or, to put it another way, they were denouncing the fact that, in order to attract the […]

by × August 29, 2017 ×

Blog, Capitalism, Economic, Liberty

In defence of the Pursuit of Happiness

In defence of the Pursuit of Happiness

Jonah Goldberg, author of ‘Liberal Fascism’ had this to say of the state of US politics, ‘America’s political system used to be about the pursuit of happiness. Now more and more of us want to stop chasing and have it delivered’. Faced with the rise of Jeremy Corbyn and his […]

by × June 16, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Five Eyes: the solution for unity in post-Brexit Britain

Five Eyes: the solution for unity in post-Brexit Britain

When Britain voted to leave the European Union on 23rd June 2016, many people feared it would mean Britain would become an inward and backward looking country whereby leaving the European Union would encourage a little Englander mentality who are suspicious of foreigners and where ambition and sights are lowered […]

by × May 27, 2017 ×

#GE4L, Economic

The Gender Pay Gap is a hazy memory, Theresa

The Gender Pay Gap is a hazy memory, Theresa

The Seventies brought us Grease, Chicago and The Equal Pay Act. Ever since then, us ladies have been bopping along to Summer Nights, All That Jazz and the sweet sound of a income that is equal to that of a male employee employed by the same company doing the same […]

by × May 21, 2017 ×

#GE4L, Transport

Forget nationalisation; the railway needs full privatisation

Forget nationalisation; the railway needs full privatisation

It never ceases to amaze me how many people think that the railways should be nationalised. Surprisingly, for somebody who has never even worked in the transport industry, let alone the railways, Jeremy Corbyn believes that he has a wealth of knowledge and a policy that will make railways cheaper, […]

by × May 15, 2017 ×

Education, Liberty

We need to liberalise the education system

We need to liberalise the education system

In his 2017 stand-up entitled ‘2017’, comedian Louis C.K. takes a brief moment to discuss the state of education in the US: “What is the job?” (asks a would-be teacher) “We need you to make students know math” “Wow… do they want to know math?”. “Oh no, they don’t want […]

by × April 28, 2017 ×

#GE4L, Health & Environment

Have you heard the one about Labour and the NHS?

Have you heard the one about Labour and the NHS?

“I’m voting Labour because of the NHS.’’ How many times have you heard it? A statement worn as a badge of altruistic honour; a noble creed that raises the Labour Party above the sordid cesspool of party politics. The very definition of how Labour is different, how Labour cares. In […]

by × April 28, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Military intervention is not ‘conservative’

Military intervention is not ‘conservative’

On Thursday 6th April, the United States launched 59 cruise missiles at President Assad’s Shayrat airbase, directly attacking the Syrian government for the first time in the conflict. According to local media, 4 children were among the 9 civilians killed. Russia, who had servicemen present at the time of the […]

by × April 19, 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 ×

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 ×

Health & Environment

Meddling With Smokers – Governments Cant Kick the Habit

Meddling With Smokers – Governments Cant Kick the Habit

Smoking, once the mainstay of social and business occasions, is now an abhorrent act; one of defiance in the face of accepted norms. The very idea of someone lighting up their cigarette next to a non-smoker generates a great deal of stigma and distaste, but why should non-smokers find tobacco […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×