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Voting Leave is the beginning of negotiations

By Hector Birchwood via LSE Hayek SocietyBritain’s Referendum and the question of Brexit: I am frustrated with both the Leave and Remain campaigns, not just because both have manipulated facts, or promoted nonsensical arguments, but because their focus has distracted voters from the fundamental goals of international diplomacy. Therefore, I will distil my understanding of…

Railway privatisation in America

By Tom WalkerThe history of railways in Britain follows a similar pattern that found throughout Europe and much of the world. The railways were built by private companies, which later merged and combined and were ultimately nationalised into a single, state-run operator. Britain is of course unusual in having since privatised its rail network again,…

The Prevalence of Crony Capitalism

Yaron Brook, President and CEO Ayn Rand Institute, was the Libertarian Home Benevolent Laissez-Faire conference keynote speaker. He is a passionate and most engaging speaker. It was a delight to listen to him. His main thrust was we should not care about income (I think that also means wealth) inequality. I well remember Margaret Thatcher…

No mayoral candidate deserves our vote

Today’s election is one that can’t help but be disappointing. Not one of the candidates is worth my vote, especially not the two leading candidates – Labour’s leftwing candidate, Sadiq Khan, who nominated the neo-communist, anti-capitalist, totalitarian apologetic Jeremy Corbyn to be Labour leader; and the “Conservative” leftwing Green candidate, Zac Goldsmith, who has spent…

Matthew Doyle’s arrest sets a dangerous precedent for us all

by Reiss Ferlance“I cannot understand why I was detained, my flat trashed, my passport seized and two PCs, two tablets, and my phone taken. I was denied a shave, a shower, food. I was stripped of my dignity to appear in court without looking like a dishevelled hobo which I am not.” These are obviously…

Freedom of Choice and Personal Responsibility Under Threat

The ideal of many in the public health movement is a compliant, health obsessed person, utterly dependent on the state for their sense of right and wrong. The public health lobby seeks to relieve us of the power to make our own decisions based on personal choice and the willingness to take responsibility for our…

My latest milestone for the RNLI

After 465 days of walking the coast of England, Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland… WE’VE RAISED OVER £10,000 FOR RNLI LIFEBOATS! WHERE HAVE I WALKED SO FAR? I left Kent on 3rd August 2014 and walked West along the South coast of England all the way to Cornwall. Then…

Who gets screwed the hardest during Tube strikes?

by ExxCeeI read a rather nifty article in the Telegraph earlier which claims that today’s Tube strike could cost the capital anywhere between £50 million and £300 million, depending on which source you look at. Assuming it is somewhere in the middle – around £175 million – that works out at £21 for every person…

The Pre-election Budget

Another Budget Day, another series of delectable sound-bites knitted together with some lovingly cherry-picked statistics. George Osborne was expected to roll out an Earth-shattering list of accomplishments today when he delivered the final Budget for this Parliament. Commentators and journalists had spent the last week whipping themselves into a frenzy, speculating about potential tax breaks…

Ignorant Andy Burnham just insulted 700 NHS staff

by ExxCeeWorking, as I do, in a political environment, you are exposed to a multitude of mangled ministerial speeches and botched press appearances every day. You almost become desensitized to the ridiculous drivel that some of them spurt out on a daily basis – but, once in a while, something catches your eye that makes…