James Rigby

Wit, raconteur, bon viveur and man-about-town. James is a semi-active libertarian, who lives in Essex and Kent. He can be found in various watering holes across the South East and more particularly in the Rose & Crown in Southwark on the first Thursday of the month. Most of the time.

An emerging Libertarian Enclave in Cumbria?

The Independent are impressed by the independent spirit of the Cumbrians: When BT refused to provide up-to-date internet without government subsidies, [the town of] Alston Moor set up its own community-owned co-operative, Cybermoor, to provide broadband. Residents bought shares in the company and local labour dug up the roads to install the fibre cable needed.…

When rights collide?

One of the angles not covered in the Old Holborn fall out is that of privacy. For the uninitiated, firstly where have you been? And secondly the story is roughly as follows: Opinionated anonymous tweeter and blogger says some things that some people in Liverpool find highly offensive; People in Liverpool do some research and…

Schadenfreude, Huhne and Justice

I’ve had a bit of a disagreement with several twitterers and FaceBook people over my views on Huhne’s potential custodial sentence. It seems that it’s pretty automatic for anyone convicted of perverting the course of justice to be sent down to meet Mr Big who runs D Wing and hands out the extra-slippery soap. For…

Pro Liberty Announcement

Those who use bus services will be familiar with the scenario: You wait ages for a bus, and then three come along at once. The same happens to be true of libertarian political parties in the UK. Last night at the Rose & Crown in Southwark, Pro Liberty was founded. This is a political party…

We can but dream

At the 2015 election, there is a hung parliament, with the Tories in a minority and desperately needing the five new Libertarian MPs to join them in a coalition.   We’re offered three bills during the fixed five-year term in exchange for taking a coalition whip.  What realistic three bills would you demand?  Go too far,…

Smith, Hayek, Ron Paul and Things That Actually Matter

It was about a year ago that I became involved with the London Libertarian Rose & Crown group and, by association, LPUK and the wider Libertarian community.  And what fun, japes and enjoyable political discussions we’ve had. Of course, Raccoongate put a bit of a dampener on my enthusiasm for LPUK, but the people at…