Policy

Foreign & Defence, Foreign Affairs

Ukraine: precedents for economic intervention

Ukraine: precedents for economic intervention

For the last thirty years Eastern Europe has been in a continuous state of upheaval. Be it the collapse  of communism, the fall of the Berlin wall, or the wars in the Balkans, instability remains a constant and enduring feature in the region. The uprising in Ukraine has been given […]

by × March 6, 2014 ×

Health & Environment

Matt Ridley talks e-cigs on Newsnight

Matt Ridley talks e-cigs on Newsnight

By Emily Barley Matt Ridley, journalist and Conservative Peer (and friend of Conservatives for Liberty) appeared on yesterday’s Newsnight, arguing against the regulation of e-cigarettes. His argument was very clear: e-cigarettes are of minimal harm and are helping people to quit smoking. “All the evidence suggests it’s now the top […]

by × March 5, 2014 ×

Health & Environment, Liberty

Plain packaging: plain wrong

Plain packaging: plain wrong

Plain packaging of cigarettes has to be the worst idea since Jedward attempted to sing.  With Public Health Minister Jane Ellison’s announcement that plain packaging could be put into force by 2015, the nanny state is back, under a Conservative-led government no less. Plain packaging is another attempt by members […]

by × December 4, 2013 ×

Economic, Home Affairs

Energy: here’s to more competition

Energy: here’s to more competition

On October 31st, one of the main topics on Question Time was the state of our energy market. The panel and audience were generally in agreement that the industry needs more competition, with everyone acknowledging that the so-called ‘big six’ have far too much influence on the supply and pricing […]

by × November 16, 2013 ×

Education

When is a free school not free?

When is a free school not free?

“We are having a school-places crisis going on,” Labour’s new Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt, proclaimed boldly on Sunday morning’s Andrew Marr show. Despite Labour’s new found hyperbolic fetish of adding ‘crisis’ to seemingly every issue in British politics today, I must admit that I find myself agreeing. Our state-run […]

by × October 17, 2013 ×

Economic

We must protect our labour flexibility

We must protect our labour flexibility

By Tom Roberts In the rhetoric of ‘a recovery for the many versus a recovery for the few’, Labour thinks it has found a great new avenue of attack against the Coalition government, what with the return to economic growth and disappearance of the double-dip recession from statistical history having […]

by × September 25, 2013 ×

Foreign & Defence

Conflict: conventional force still has a role to play

Conflict: conventional force still has a role
to play

The accumulation of nuclear weapons over the past 60 years has virtually prohibited powerful states from ever going to war with one another again. Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) has made it considerably difficult for a state with nuclear weapons capability to attack another state with similar capabilities and still hope […]

by × July 27, 2013 ×

Foreign & Defence

Atomic: The United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent

Atomic: The United Kingdom’s nuclear
deterrent

The renewal of the United Kingdom’s independent nuclear deterrent has always stirred intense debate over the years. It is no surprise that politicians within the coalition government are at odds with each other over what course to take. The Trident weapons system the UK currently uses will come to the […]

by × July 26, 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 ×

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 ×

Taxation

Let people have a drink!

Let people have a drink!

By Stephen Hoffman Ronald Reagan wisely once said the nine most terrifying words in the English Language are “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help”. The basic premise of this is that government intervention often makes things worse. This is because it leads to bureaucracy and nonsensical regulation […]

by × July 8, 2013 ×

Health & Environment

We need to talk about the NHS

We need to talk about the NHS

By Dominic Trynka-Watson The NHS is often held up as the greatest achievement of post-war Britain and frequently termed ‘the envy of the world’. Indeed, the NHS as a system enjoys an unusual status whereby it is insulated from criticism by proponents across the political spectrum, who seem to imagine […]

by × June 26, 2013 ×