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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 ×

Economy

How to spot a boondoggle

How to spot a boondoggle

By Cllr Robert Barnard boondoggle n. An unnecessary and expensive piece of work, especially one paid for by the public. – Cambridge Advanced Dictionary and Thesaurus An American term believed to date from the 1930s and originally referred to items which were probably unnecessary but made for job creation under Roosevelt’s New […]

by × November 25, 2013 ×

Cartoons

Farookhi: Miliband’s nightmare

Farookhi: Miliband’s nightmare

by × November 25, 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 ×

Home Affairs

Married to the state?

By Dr John Hayward Nobody wants Britain to be a haven for sham marriages.  However, we should be wary of any measures that restrict the choices available to those wishing to celebrate genuine marriages. Regrettably, this is already happening and the present Immigration Bill threatens to make a bad situation […]

by × October 22, 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 ×

Home Affairs

A conference to remember

By Stephen Hoffman When I got to Manchester I became immensely proud of being a member of the Conservative party.  When the coach arrived and  I was greeted by  a rag tag of environmentalists, far left trade union activists, socialists and people just taking the opportunity  to shout at Tories, […]

by × October 13, 2013 ×

Cartoons

Farookhi: The Successor

Farookhi: The Successor

by × October 8, 2013 ×

Home Affairs

Open up! The need for more transparency
in policing

By Jamie Brooke On August 4, 2011, Mark Duggan was shot and killed by armed police in Tottenham. The killing has been mired in controversy, with accusations that the police closed ranks unduly. Two days later, friends, relatives and locals marched on Tottenham Police Station chanting ‘we want answers’, demanding the police […]

by × September 28, 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 ×

Cartoons

Farookhi: Skeletons in the closet

Farookhi: Skeletons in the closet

by × September 25, 2013 ×

Home Affairs

What is the point of the Lib Dems?

By Tom Roberts The summer is well known as the ‘silly season’ in the British media, with Parliament in recess leading to an absence of serious political stories to report. Yet, the holidays this year were awash with articles on Ed Miliband’s ‘summer of silence’, as leading figures from Labour […]

by × September 16, 2013 ×