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#UkipConf14: conclusion – the insurgency is reinvigorated

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As the Conservative Party gets into full swing after a shaky start, here are my concluding thoughts on the Ukip conference… Saturday at the Ukip conference. On entering the hall I was immediately struck by the difference in atmosphere. There was a lot less hustle and bustle, fewer people, less noise and less energy in…

Your Russian history homework

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Michael Jennings writes: I am giving a talk at a Libertarian Home meeting at the Rose and Crown pub in Southwark this Thursday evening the 2nd of October. (All welcome. Please come). The initial motivation for this talk was to attempt to shed some light on the causes of the current war in Ukraine. When I thought…

Mark Reckless defects to Ukip: read his statement

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Nigel Farage surprised the conference hall when he suddenly cut his speech short by twenty minutes and said “I think i’ve sadi enough” before introudiving a “special guest”, none other than Tory MP Mark Reckless who announced his intention to resign and stand for a by-election as a Ukip MP. This defection is a heavier…

Wonderful force multipier employed by Stop The War

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What are this sorry lot upto? Out numbered two to one by their collection of placards this does not look all that impressive. But wait… Who are they waving the placards at? Parliament? No. They are waving them at this lot: And all these guys: See? Clever huh? What they have done is found the…

Red meat for the 35%

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Well, that was a drab affair. There was not much energy or excitement around the Labour conference and this year Miliband was not able to find the same spark as he had in previous speeches; those that led to a resurgence of spirit in the Labour ranks and surprised the public, the punditry and the…

A Half-Truth, Not a Halfway House: National Independence and You

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The fifty-five percent of the eighty-five percent of the people who were allowed to vote in the Scottish independence referendum and actually did so, has decided that the UK is indeed “better together”. Or – what is apparently the same thing -  Scotland has decided that it should not be an independent country. For a…

A Pessimists Take on the Scottish Referendum

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A recent article in The Economist highlighted that two Britains are emerging one cosmopolitan the other communal. The Scottish cry for independence is the loudest communal voice in Britain right now. Politicos are predicting that the SNP are the beginning of a Communal revolution. I take a less optimistic view on the vote. “As ever,…

Anarchy and the Underpants Gnomes

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I have made a number of comments on the thread of fellow writer Rocco’s post “Too Unlimited; Adventures in Constitutional Scepticism”, which, in the bloody ongoing feud between anarchists and minarchists, takes the side of the former. Much of the argument I can accept, as it is certainly the case that a constitutionally-guaranteed right does…

Do not stop being angry: Ashya King and the Parental State

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The sinister interference of the British state into family life grows ever more contemptible. Such notions as an Englishman’s home being his castle, the right to privacy and , yes, the right of a family to freely choose what is best for their child are privileges made of dust that crumble on closer inspection. This…