Legislation

We may be opposed to the bulk of it, but legislation happens. By keeping an eye on it we can curb it’s worst excesses and show policy makers practical libertarian alternatives.

Three Reasons why The Uber Decision Is a Disaster

Transport for London’s decision to stop Uber from operating has received widespread criticism. The vast majority of people do seem to recognise that TFL’s choice was a fundamentally bad one. So far a petition to overturn the ruling has attracted over 600,000 signatures. Much has been said about the Uber ban so here are the top…

Trident must be renewed

In his speech at an anti-Trident rally in February, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “You don’t achieve peace by planning for war”. Of course the opposite is true, and Corbyn knows it; nothing would make us more vulnerable to an attack than showing that we are unprepared or unwilling to defend ourselves against it. War…

Beware Outlawing the IT Contractor Mr Osborne

It seems Mr Osborne’s attack on contractors continues apace… In the last 12 months or so we’ve had VAT Moss, the Dividend Tax and the proposed but defeated 1 month IR35 rule. One suspects Mr Osborne really doesn’t like contractors and now we’re going to have to watch the budget, once again, very closely… George…

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

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…

Police want in to congestion cameras

Apparently unsatisfied with the millions of “reads” they get from number plates already, the police would like access to similar ANPR equipment used by TFL to enforce the congestion charge and low emissions zones. These systems record the times and places your car visits, whether or not you are under suspicion. Here is the email…

How your MP voted on the Gagging Law

38 degrees have published a handy list of MPs and how they voted for key ammendments My own MP Jim Dowd of the authoritarian Labour Party did okay. Did my letters work? Meanwhile, the Backbencher has more information about the problems and politics around the Act, it includes a little good news and a few…

George Monbiot onto something?

Given Monbiot’s attitude to the truth these laws are equally likely to do the precise opposite of everything he says, but assuming he’s relayed the facts accurately this recent article does us a service: These laws will be used to stamp out plurality and difference, to douse the exuberance of youth, to pursue children for…