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Smoking liberty protest

Dick Puddlecote, Dave Atherton, and others are gathering at The Vaults pub in Stony Stratford to protest against a ban on smoking to be applied to the whole town. This ridiculously authoritarian and frankly horrible idea was put forward by somewhat unpleasant local Councillor Paul Bartlett and is passionately opposed by locals and well as…

Source: Simon F refusing to handle membership enquries

Simon Fawthrop is now directing membership enquiries to Andrew Withers, referencing the fact that he (Simon) has stepped down as membership co-ordinator. Of course, this now means Mr Withers is in a position of great (in fact total) responsibility. Given what Andrew has been accused of, it requires an enormous amount of trust to believe…

News of the World Axed

I’d be intrested to know, is this the consequence of James Murdoch’s integrity (as his message seems to show) or a consequence of the discretion Government holds over the fate of individual businesses.

Discussion Point: Animal Rights

Two recent news stories inspired this one, first Mark Prichard’s private members bill to ban wild animals in circuses, second the Dutch parliament voting to ban ritual slaughter of animals. The logic behind these acts of legislation is that we should treat lesser,non sentient creatures in a humane way regardless of religious belief. Now this may sound callous,…

Keynes vs Hayek

The LSE invites us to a “debate” entitled “Keynes vs Hayek”. No boxers or rappers are mentioned this time but “BBC Radio 4 will be recording [the] debate between modern day followers of Keynes and Hayek.” The “debate” takes place on Tuesday 26 July 2011 and features Robert Skidelsky, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at…

Putting theory into practice

The mandate to govern is notionally based on democracy – they have the right to oppress us because we voted for them to do so, by why would people ever vote to leave the relative safety of the UK state? There are, after all, many more statists than libertarians. There is a simple answer. It could happen if the voters in a region could be shown, clearly and unequivocally, that to vote to secede from the UK was indisputably and massively in their personal economic interest.

Strike At The Heart Of Freedom

It is Thursday June 30th most schools are disrupted, some emergency call handlers are not working and many other public sector workers are striking in a struggle with the government over pensions. LibCon ministers and the London Mayor are muttering darkly about how most trade union members did not vote for the strikes and that…

Idiocy as Standard

I swear reading the Evening Standard is bad for my digestion. Case in point, a piece in Friday’s business section by Anthony Hilton entitled ‘What Banks is need is Nationalisation” which caused my jaw to hit the floor. the public interest demands that someone performs the basic banking function. That requires capital and if it is…