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Alexander Ellis-Roswell’s amazing trek for RNLI

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Alexander Ellis-Roswell, A 21 year old libertarian activist, has embarked on a 6,500 mile trek around the coast of Great Britain in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution – the voluntarily funded emergency service. A service which requires sophisticated hardware, specialist equipment and skills, beachside property and dozens of other things that make this…

Money Creation and Society debate transcript

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Earlier today, the issue of Money was debated in Parliament. You might say money is frequently debated in Parliament, but not quite like this. Steve Baker MP opened the debate thusly: I beg to move, That this House has considered money creation and society. The methods of money production in society today are profoundly corrupting…

The European Arrest Warrant: a useful tool (for a tyrant)

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The erosion of liberty continues apace. Watching it happen over time is like observing the crumbling white cliffs growing ever weaker as the waves crash into them. It is generally a gradual, continuous process but eventually comes the moment when a great chunk crumbles into the sea and is washed utterly away. Today is such…

Hearts: Cold or bleeding, but not both

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It is widely believed that not only is the welfare state here to stay, but that it is a muddled, confusing mess, riddled with inefficiencies. It is widely believed that these inefficiencies make the welfare state unstable, and so, lest we end up with no welfare state at all, free marketeers ought to spend their…

Lionel Barber openly dismisses his own journalism

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From the Financial Times today, on the occasion of awarding a prize named after his paper (“FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award”) to the book “Capital in the 21st century” by Thomas Piketty: “While not everyone agreed on the policy prescriptions, we recognised the quality of the scholarship,” Mr Barber said on…

Overall taxation of low paid workers

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So I did a little research and found this table: “TABLE 14: Average incomes, taxes and benefits by decile groups of ALL households, 2011/12″ from the ONS. It says a worker earning at the second decile / first quintile earns (including benefits) £15,456. 80% of the population earn more than he does, so he is safely labelled as…

The government wins phoney European Arrest Warrant vote

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On the 9th July David Cameron boasted that the Government had “just achieved the greatest ever return of powers to the UK” from the European Union. Unfortunately, our Prime Minister often resembles an oily salesman as he routinely misrepresents the truth for short term political gain. The pledge to hold a referendum on the Lisbon…

Of course the Human Rights Act is a Constitution of Liberty

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Guy Herbert, of No2ID, gave a talk recently where he argued that the Human Rights Act (HRA) is “a constitution of liberty”. And though this may surprise some readers, I wholeheartedly agree with him. The HRA guarantees that no one is to be deprived of their life, unless the state decides they can be and…

What you thought of the Causes of the Cost of Living Crisis debate

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Thanks everyone who came on Thursday. It was a fun, if exhausting experience, hosting an event like this, but I think managed to pull of a great evening. I’m particularly grateful for the speakers who brought their best arguments along for us to hear. All of the speakers delivered their arguments clearly and concisely and demonstrated deep insight in…

Tackling the cost of living – is UKIP getting it right?

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This is about the Institute of Economic Affairs event at the Ukip conference, the speakers were: Tim Aker MEP, Head of UKIP’s Policy Unit Mark Littlewood, Director General, IEA (Chair) Tim Montgomerie, Columnist, The Times Patrick O’Flynn MEP, UKIP Economic Spokesman Christopher Snowdon, Director of Lifestyle Economics, IEA Steven Woolfe MEP, UKIP Financial Affairs Spokesman With the…