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A free press is essential to a free society. Stand up for it.

A free press is essential to a free society. Stand up for it.

It is only three years ago since there was an attempt made to introduce a form of state regulation of the press. It failed, and should have been discarded into the pile of hastily proposed terrible government ideas. Instead, we have to fight the battle all over again. The consultation […]

by × January 10, 2017 ×

Liberty

European Arrest Warrant on trial: The case of Alexander Adamescu

European Arrest Warrant on trial: The case of Alexander Adamescu

Conservatives for Liberty have long held deep reservations about the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) on a matter of principle; injustices are inevitable because the EAW is based upon the false premise that all criminal justice systems in the EU are equal, free of corruption, and uphold similar levels of equity […]

by × January 4, 2017 ×

Liberty

First they came for National Action… Even extremists have the right to freedom of speech

First they came for National Action… Even extremists have the right to freedom of speech

Until recently, you would have been forgiven for having never heard of National Action; the bitesize, two-bob troupe of neo-Nazi trolls that make repeated attempts to promote the Third Reich in demonstrations up and down the country. Usually, they are confronted by a gaggle of far-left university types – festooned […]

by × January 1, 2017 ×

Europe

Clean Brexit: We may need a transitional arrangement; but the EEA is not the answer

Clean Brexit: We may need a transitional arrangement; but the EEA is not the answer

Clean Brexit: Paul Reynolds explores alternatives to the EEA Agreement for potential transitional arrangements to act as a bridge to a bespoke Free Trade Agreement In recent weeks, the Brexit debate has been filled with terms such as “transitional” and “interim” arrangements so as to avoid a “cliff-edge”. But what […]

by × January 1, 2017 ×

Northern Ireland

Whatever government touches…RHI through a different lens

DUP strategists hoping that the arrival of Christmas would bring them a gift in the form of a petering out of the RHI saga will have been disappointed when the affair re-erupted after a brief interlude over the holiday. On Thursday evening, a letter to the bosses of local banks, […]

by × December 30, 2016 ×

Leftwatch

Have Yourself a Merryless Little Christmas

Have Yourself a Merryless Little Christmas

The last person who was as intent on banning fun as today’s  left wingers was Oliver Cromwell. Whereas he thought it was a sin to celebrate Christmas by singing and eating too much and essentially made England into a giant naughty corner where civilians would sit and mull their unChristian […]

by × December 24, 2016 ×

Europe

The EU has failed to uphold democratic values

The EU has failed to uphold democratic values

One of the defining features of the EU referendum campaign, and arguably a major factor in the vote for Brexit, was the seeming inability of the Remain side to say anything positive about the European Union. The message, from start to finish, was not so much that the EU was […]

by × December 22, 2016 ×

Conservatism, Liberty

What is the Conservative Party, anyway?

What is the Conservative Party, anyway?

I could answer that question straight up and say, it’s been my life for 11 years. For a third of the time I’m been on this planet I’ve been a member. And not just one of those people who pays their membership and turns up to an occasional dinner when […]

by × December 20, 2016 ×

Education

Cut quango budgets, not schools

Cut quango budgets, not schools

The Department for Education have announced their new funding formula, which means more money for schools in the most deprived areas and less for those in London. Whilst this looks like a simple rejigging of the Education budget – the National Audit Office predict that this will constitute a £3bn […]

by × December 16, 2016 ×

Foreign & Defence

The scandal of Britain’s ‘withered’ armed forces: A strong defence is essential to liberty

In allowing our armed forced to become ‘withered’, successive governments have failed in a fundamental responsibility of the state Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, in discussing co-operation with incoming US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis, said on Sunday that we cannot view Russia as an equal, but rather as a ‘strategic […]

by × December 13, 2016 ×

Liberty

Will banning Tony the Tiger save our children from sugar?

Will banning Tony the Tiger save our children from sugar?

Thanks for all the good times, Tony. It’s been gr-r-r-r-r-eat! The Committee of Advertising Practice have deemed fit to rid our screens and social media sites of Ronald McDonald and Tony the Tiger for fear that they are sucking our youth into a sugar and salt-based doom. The characters will […]

by × December 11, 2016 ×

Liberty

The Snooper’s Charter must be repealed

The Snooper’s Charter must be repealed

The Snooper’s Charter was passed with very little resistance, a sad incitement of illiberal Britain. The Bill will make the UK the only European or Commonwealth country to retain records of every citizen’s internet browsing history When Apple refused to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernadino shooters, an […]

by × December 6, 2016 ×