Simon Gibbs

Simon is a London based IT contractor and the proprietor of Libertarian Home. Working with logic and cause-and-effect each day he was naturally attracted to nerdy libertarianism and later to the benevolent logic of Objectivism. Find him on Google+

Independent misrepresents complex picture, empowering hatred

Sir Articles such as “Tory Leave campaigner denies Brexit caused hate crime” perpetuate a negative stereotype of Leave voters which misses essential complexity and let’s down the vulnerable minorities your paper rightly defends. For example, the libertarians I represent were split over EU membership. Despite the wide-spread harm of immigration controls a majority, uncomfortable under…

Thursday Speaker: Marc Sidwell

While running a libertarian meetup and researching libertarian personalities, there are various trends one observes in libertarians. To state the obvious they tend to be bookish intellectuals and are predominantly white and male – something which I have noticed is changing but nonetheless has been true. We also tend not to be the older sibling.…

Jonathan Isaby leaves TPA to lead up BrexitCentral

Many of you will know and love the work of the Tax Payers Alliance. Today they have announced they are to be loosing their head Jonathon Isaby who will work at a new Matthew Elliot project titled BrexitCentral. For the TPA, Andrew Allum writes: Jonathan leaves the TPA in an extremely strong position. Under his…

Pound’s Fate Was Inevitable

Far from Brexit causing the termination of the UK economy the changes in the value of the pound were inevitable and do not represent a disaster, says the Guardian: Sterling had to fall, regardless of the EU referendum – with such a big trade gap, it was inevitable Brexit or no Brexit, it has been…

Interpreting the Russell Square attack

There are some interesting aspects to the attack on Russell Square. For example, I am strongly sympathetic to the idea that someone who barely lived in an Islamic culture, spending their time in Norway and the UK instead is not a person I would naturally assume to have acted ideologically, however, I do not –…

Guardian dissing minimum wage?

The Guardian writes The introduction of the national living wage was already causing fruit and vegetable producers, who do not receive EU subsidies, to move to lower cost countries,  I do not need to check the Guardian’s position on the minimum wage. It is for it. In fact Polly Toynbee once went so far as…

Thursday Speaker: Vít Jedlička

Vít Jedlička was schooled at the private non-profit international Townshend School in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic. He studied economics at Charles University and the University of Economics – both in Prague. He also holds a Masters in Political Science and Government from the Cevro Institute in Prague. In the middle of…

Visiting the Trigger 50 protest

A quick report on a minor bit of activism. We had been notified of the Spiked “Trigger 50” protest in favour of proceeding immediately with formal Brexit negotiations. Not content with simply offering up artwork for someone else’s protest I went along to ensure the presence of the “Liberty for All” message (really, in context, “Brexit for…

Article 50 Protest to Welcome May

Often sound lefty-libertarians “Spiked” are organising a protest calling on Theresa May to invoke Article 50. Tom Slater, campaign convenor,said “Warm words, and assurances that ‘Brexit means Brexit’, won’t wash.” My own view is that Article 50 need not be triggered especially quickly, as long as it is triggered – but it may be helpful…

A ray of light?

What does this mean? As the Government reforms public services, we should encourage public sector workers to set up mutuals. Does this mean that responsibilities will shift from government departments to independent bodies? Let’s hope so. I have not yet found anything else to like in Theresa May’s quickly-mooted leadership speech. It could indeed have…