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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 ×

Europe

Jeremy Corbyn should give Henry VIII more credit

Jeremy Corbyn should give Henry VIII more credit

Poor Henry VIII. Remembered primarily for being obese and a serial monogamist, the father of Elizabeth I last weekend had to endure the supreme indignity of a codpiecing by Jeremy Corbyn on national television. “I don’t think the record of Henry VIII on promoting democracy, inclusion and participation was a […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×

Europe

Brexit: Leaving the Customs Union and repatriating trade policy

Brexit: Leaving the Customs Union and repatriating trade policy

In 1973, the UK joined the EEC (as the EU was known then) and became the member of a customs union – the so-called “Common Market”. By contrast, the Single Market is a more recent development. In 1987, the Single Europe Act came into effect and paved the way for […]

by × March 27, 2017 ×

Europe, Foreign & Defence

The UK should adopt a free trade policy towards developing countries

The UK should adopt a free trade policy towards developing countries

In his recent Guardian article, David Cameron, the former UK Prime Minister and newly appointed Chair of the Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, argued that it is right for the United Kingdom to continue to give aid to developing and unstable countries. Mr Cameron argued that it is […]

by × March 27, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Saudi Arabia is an apartheid state

Saudi Arabia is an apartheid state

The label ‘Apartheid’ is bandied around frequently these days, sadly it hasn’t stuck to the one State who, in my humble opinion, not only deserves it but whose human rights atrocities are routinely ignored and glossed over by the International Community for the sake of not rocking the boat. Unlike […]

by × March 26, 2017 ×

Europe

Who said satire is dead? Me. And it’s a bloody bore.

Who said satire is dead? Me. And it’s a bloody bore.

A few weeks ago I was delighted to see two very familiar names in the candidates’ book of the Savile Club. Younger readers may not recognise Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, but among the sitcoms they have under their belt are Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart, and my favourite […]

by × March 22, 2017 ×

Health, Health & Environment

No, we shouldn’t ‘take politics out of the NHS’

No, we shouldn’t ‘take politics out of the NHS’

Every few weeks someone pops up and says that politics – and politicians – need to be taken out of the NHS. The person proposing this change usually argues one or two things: first, that the NHS has become ‘a political football’, and being subject to the whims of politicians […]

by × March 16, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Give British overseas territories proper representation

Give British overseas territories proper representation

During the campaign to leave the European Union a lot was said about strengthening ties with our Anglosphere cousins across the globe. Autonomously, we can now press ahead with those sought after free trade agreements with the rest of the world including the emerging countries like India with their 2.1billion […]

by × March 10, 2017 ×

Europe

So this is how Democracy dies…

So this is how Democracy dies…

‘Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.’ Thus spake John Adams, the Second President of the United States. Against perceived odds and all mainstream predictions, 2016 seemed to demonstrate a democratic awakening. Voters delivered several, […]

by × March 10, 2017 ×

Economy

A Conservative Budget? More tax, more spending and more debt

A Conservative Budget? More tax, more spending and more debt

When is a Conservative not a Conservative? When they clobber entrepreneurs, increase taxes & spending, and add to the national debt.   The press was briefed pre-budget that we were in for a dull affair, and Philip Hammond duly delivered. There was no radicalism, no imagination and – bizarrely – […]

by × March 9, 2017 ×

Liberty

Why Amber Rudd is wrong to seek to keep Britain in the European Arrest Warrant

Why Amber Rudd is wrong to seek to keep Britain in the European Arrest Warrant

Giving an answer to a question in Parliament on Monday, the Home Secretary stated that she sees it as a priority for the UK to remain part of the European Arrest Warrant scheme after we leave the European Union. Citing it as ‘essential to the delivery of effective judgment on […]

by × March 7, 2017 ×