Ben Kelly

Ben is a blogger of politics and social affairs. Philosophical streaks of classical liberalism and conservatism underpinned by a healthy instinctual scepticism. He is the editor of the political blog The Sceptic Isle - "Restrain the state, revive liberty and regain sovereignty." He is also on Twitter - Facebook - Google+

The EU is insular; we need to build a global marketplace

The Remain campaign is based almost entirely on the benefits of the Single Market. As I have previously pointed out, remaining in the Single Market is likely to be central to Brexit transition management. So the only argument remainers have for sacrificing democracy is that we need to “have a say” on the rules. This…

The UK should not bomb Syria

I am not a pacifist and I do understand the case for bombing Syria is seemingly compelling. What I dispute is that we have any kind of coherent strategy or long term plan, that we have set out clear and achievable objectives, that we have made a proper, rational analysis of the possible outcomes and…

Our long term economic madness

In May the Conservative Party portrayed the election as a choice between Tory competence and Labour chaos. Labour’s spending and borrowing compared to the Conservative “long term economic plan”. The electorate made their choice and the current government received a mandate to cut the budget deficit and fix the economy. Britain is now purportedly on…

Beware of the watermelons!

hi‘Imagine a world of efficient and welcoming public services, coordinated action on climate change, equality, workers’ rights, an economy that works for people and planet at a human scale, restorative justice, and real care for the future […] Imagine a political party that prioritises the protection of the land, the seas and their inhabitants.’ The…

Outlawing “Islamophobia” – the folly of hate crime laws

According to Muslim News Ed Miliband has promised to make “Islamophobia” illegal:  “We are going to make it an aggravated crime. We are going to make sure it is marked on people’s records with the police to make sure they root out Islamophobia as a hate crime […]We are going to change the law on…

Manifestos of lies, vagueness and unanswered questions

Regardless of the result of the election the cold hard fact is that Britain is still in a very fragile and dangerous place. We have a multitude of problems and weaknesses. The behaviour of the political parties does not fill one with confidence that they have any answers that are remotely adequate to match the…

Things you can’t say about culture that are true

I have been called a “bigot”, a “reactionary”, a “racist” and a “right wing nutter” on social media for my objection to multiculturalism. For those that were hurling these insults I was simply prejudiced and objecting to the very concept of our diverse, multi-racial society. For them “multiculturalism” is an attempt to create tolerance and…

The Common Agricultural Policy – a costly protectionist racket

‘The Common Agricultural Policy forces consumers to pay ‘two or three times more for food than we would pay without the policy’ – Dalia Grybauskaite, EU budget commissioner  “The way to build lasting economic growth [in Africa] is for Europe to end the CAP“ -Sir Digby Jones, former Chairman, CBI. The Common Agricultural Policy is…

The joyless council jobsworths strike again!

What a joyless, pitiful, over regulated and petty country we’ve become. Okay, so this isn’t the most important, Earth shattering example of it but it is a bit of an real eye roller, of the “bloody typical” kind. The “happiest lollipop man in the world”, one Mr. Mdikane, ensures the pupils of Aitkenbar Primary school in…