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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 ×

Elections

Person voting

Brexit is the priority; but we still need a radical manifesto

As Conservative members up and down the country prepare for the second election campaign in two years, it seems to many that the result is already a foregone conclusion. A larger Tory majority is highly likely. With things as they stand, the election is set to be fought over Brexit […]

by × April 19, 2017 ×

Liberty

Feminists and the Veil

Feminists and the Veil

I’ve been more than slightly bemused by signs at anti-Trump protests lately. More than once I’ve seen signs, held up by Liberal feminists which suggest that the Islamic veil is ‘liberation’ or ‘empowerment.’ You may be slightly surprised by this but I agree! And even though I would never wear […]

by × April 19, 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 ×

Blog

Should we be “immunised” against Fake News?

Should we be “immunised” against Fake News?

From the moment that our infant minds are blown by the intoxicating information overload of curious colours, shapes and sounds, we are hooked. Our parents and teachers provide the gateway learning that leads to a lifetime of addiction, with cravings fed by a vast marketplace of clinical facts and recreational […]

by × April 19, 2017 ×

Liberty

Kelvin MacKenzie is a pound shop Nigel Farage; but that isn’t a crime

Kelvin MacKenzie is a pound shop Nigel Farage; but that isn’t a crime

This week in an article for the Sun which has since been taken down due to the outrage it caused. Kelvin Mackenzie, a Sun columnist and former editor of the Sun, said this in an article on Everton footballer Ross Barkley in the aftermath of the footballer being punched in an […]

by × April 16, 2017 ×

Elections, Europe

No, Brexit was not “hacked”

No, Brexit was not “hacked”

The Public Administration and Consitutional Affairs Committee of the House of Commons today released a report on lessons learned from the EU referendum. Immediately, the press has seized upon a couple of paragraphs to do with cyber-security, to re-animate the old stories about the referendum being ‘hacked’. In particular, the […]

by × April 13, 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 ×

Liberty

Religion cannot be protected from debate and criticism

Religion cannot be protected from debate and criticism

When Khalid Masood drove his car over pedestrians on Westminster Bridge with nothing but anger and a vague notion of Jihad in his heart, it was not the first time that Britain had been the victim of a religious zealot. Nor will it be the last. In our assessment of […]

by × April 4, 2017 ×

Scotland

Don’t forget the importance of the Union: Why conserving the UK must be our top priority

Don’t forget the importance of the Union: Why conserving the UK must be our top priority

History, especially that section of history which passes into the national consciousness, is rarely fair. That is why it’s entirely possible that the present Government will be remembered, above all else, as the administration which lost the Union. The exact Brexit deal which is agreed, and its wider impact, will […]

by × April 3, 2017 ×

Scotland

I voted Remain; but I still oppose a second Scottish referendum

I voted Remain; but I still oppose a second Scottish referendum

There’s a cartoon floating about the Remain pages on Facebook just now. The strip depicts a Brexiteer galleon sailing towards a precipice while the canny Scottish crew-members have liberated a skiff and are making for the shores of the European Union. There are two things wrong with this sketch; firstly, […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×