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Capitalism

Ding dong goes the cash register

Ding dong goes the cash register

By Moritz Strittmatter The news, breaking on Twitter earlier, that Rupert Murdoch was profiting from the sales of the song ‘Ding, Dong! the Witch is Dead’ have proven to be false, as the rights belong firmly to Time Warner. The confusion may be explainable due to the recent purchase of […]

by × April 13, 2013 ×

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

No representation without taxation – the
left’s new clarion call

One of the most amazing things about the left is its ability to work against the interests of the people it claims to represent. Some of these are not without the best of intentions and are by no means confined to the left of the political spectrum. For example, the […]

by × April 2, 2013 ×

Cartoons

Luke Farookhi on Osborne backing mortgages

Luke Farookhi on Osborne backing mortgages

by × April 1, 2013 ×

Leftwatch

Want to be a good socialist? Steal from the poor!

There’s a commonly-held misconception that people grow rich by taking from the poor, rather than by providing goods and services which people want or need and exchanging those for money, which is what actually happens in a capitalist economy. Ironically, the only way in which you can legitimately grow rich […]

by × April 1, 2013 ×

Cartoons

Luke Farookhi on the European north-south divide

Luke Farookhi on the European north-south divide

by × March 31, 2013 ×

Cartoons

Luke Farookhi on Cameron and the PIIGS

Luke Farookhi on Cameron and the PIIGS

by × March 31, 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 ×

Economy

If we can have the Canadians’ central bank governor, can we have their PM, too?

If we can have the Canadians’ central bank
governor, can we have their PM, too?

In less than five months, Canadian Mark Carney will succeed Mervyn King as Governor of the Bank of England. It isn’t difficult to see why such a unorthodox appointment was made – Carney has been Governor of the Bank of Canada during a remarkable period in the Frozen Dominion’s history. […]

by × February 17, 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 ×

Elections

Winning the north is about being more Conservative, not less

Winning the north is about being more Conservative, not less

ConservativeHome’s Deep End has picked up on an interesting column by the New York Times’ David Brooks on what he sees as the need for ‘a second GOP’ in the US which would be able to reach out to presently untouched coastal and Midwestern voters. The comparison to the Conservatives’ […]

by × February 9, 2013 ×