Policy

Constitution

A Conservative case for proportional representation

A Conservative case for proportional
representation

This has been something of a referendum-heavy Parliament by British standards. Like standing armies and civil codes of law, referenda are some of those things we on this blessed isle have generally left to Europeans – despots from Napoleon to Hitler used them to cement their legitimacy but we had […]

by × April 8, 2013 ×

Capitalism, Health & Environment

Plain packaging is plain madness

Plain packaging is plain madness

By Stephen Hoffman Plain packaging is a policy that would force shopkeepers across the UK to hide cigarettes in metal boxes and with all the packaging plain. No cigarettes would be branded and there would be no trademarks. In short all cigarettes would look drearily the same. As part of […]

by × April 7, 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 ×

Health & Environment

How many more Staffords before we seriously consider NHS breakup?

How many more Staffords before we
seriously consider NHS breakup?

Probably one of the most underplayed points of agreement between many Liberals and Conservatives is support for breaking up the NHS. It’s a little-known fact but, in 2005, then-MEP Nick Clegg declared “We do want to break up the NHS” because “frankly the faults of the British health service compared […]

by × February 13, 2013 ×