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Compulsory Purchase Order plot on Eastenders

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Trust the BBC to skip over a massive plot opportuntiy that simply doesn’t activate their own particular predjudices. In a recent episode an undertaker’s talks to a friend about his efforts to overcome the personal impact of a CPO. Despite the fact his undertaker’s premises are subject to a compulsory purchase order, Les [is] cheerful…

Rosie by Jay Begrims

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A hovercar buzzed by outside. Steve glanced at the window, blinked twice, and the windows went into one-way blackout mode. He still wrestled with his decision not to leave the window in this mode permanently – but he was old-fashioned at heart and felt that if he could see out, other people should be able…

Liberty League 2014 gallery

Libertarian Home people in the pub at Liberty League 2014

Here are the best of my photos from Liberty League’s Freedom Forum 2014. You can discuss any individual image on Flickr by clicking through. To share your impressions of #LLFF14 leave a comment below.

Writing competition and some bad news

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This blog has benefited greatly from the warm welcome offered by Anna Quick at the Rose and Crown. The pub is effectively “the local” for anyone of a libertarian disposition regardless of where they live. We meet, we drink, we argue, we learn, we form friendships and even form romances within the walls of that…

If the slipper fits, privatise it

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The so-called Cinderella law has caused liberals a great deal of concern, and rightly so. Under this new law (and there can never be too many laws) you might spend ten years in prison for not loving your children enough. The problems with such a law are well-known and well-rehearsed: How do you quantify ‘love’?…

A market based answer to the Care.Data medical records fiasco

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Big data has always been important in health care research. John Snow famously used epidemiological data to identify the source of the Soho Cholera outbreak in 1854. Aggregated case reports are used to classify disease and improve our collective understanding of illness so that we can treat it. I myself spent happy hours as an…

Amazing quote from @y_alibhai

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, a senior journalist for the Independent and Evening Standard, saying what she thinks about Nigel Farage to an obviously sympathetic (to Nigel) journalist in a formal filmed interview: “what has to happen between now and the elections that are coming up is that the media has to be kind of controlled in terms…

The death of the middle-class dream

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To those who find it hard to make ends meet, I’m sure my middle-class worries are insultingly trivial. You’re having a hard time sending your kids to private school? Well, boo hoo. Cry me a river. But it’s all relative. To a Mauritanian peasant, the average British welfare claimant is as rich as Midas, and…

Bringing trust to Bitcoin

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It appears Cal Peterson and Thomas Stringer are cooking up a little something interesting.The blurb is light on detail, but awfully specific: eBay-style reviews for Bitcoin Read and write reviews of Bitcoin users to help the community judge who is trustworthy This, presumably, refers to the scheme whereby users on eBay accrue a numerical reputation…