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The State Does Not Protect Children

This week it emerged that a family in California had held their children captive and tortured them. The disturbing case of the Turpin children, dubbed the ‘shackled siblings’ by the media is truly horrifying. The fact that parents could treat their children in such an appalling way should send shivers up our spines. The state…

Workers of the Ward Unite!

Modern British trade unions are sorry institutions. They overwhelmingly represent degree educated public sector workers and are led by career radicals rather than respected professionals. The number of employees in Trade Unions today is well below the 13 million peak in 1979. This was not always the case.  In the mid-19th-century organisations like the Amalgamated…

NHS Number One Issue in Britain

A recent poll by YouGov suggests that the NHS is now the biggest concern for people in Britain. This is not surprising, our healthcare is in a truly desperate state. Waiting times are long, quality of service is bad and patients often end up paying for medicine themselves. The NHS has become a cause celebre…

Game Over for White Men?

“Welcome ladies and remaining gentlemen.” “It’s 2018 and marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t.” “For the male nominees in the room tonight, this is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.” “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if…

The Silent Majority No Longer

This week it has emerged that the membership of the Conservative party is as low as 150,000. Some have suggested the membership has dipped lower than 100,000. This is a truly shocking for a major political party. The Labour Party’s membership stands at 500,000. The historical peak of party membership was in the mid-1950s when…

Why There Will Never Be #Justice for Grenfell

As the flaming edifice of Grenfell Tower bust onto our news feeds it was clear that a great deal of anger had been caused by the incident. It was an appaling tragedy and people were rightly upset that such a scene could have taken place in one of the richest cities in the world. Since…

My Moment of the Year

As 2017 draws to a close it is appropriate to reflect on this year’s events. There have been some important developments this year; the snap election, Grenfell tower, the Brexit negotiations, President Trump’s tiff with North Korea to name a few. But none of these are my ‘political moment of the year’. For my money,…

The Real Meaning of Guy Fawkes Night

Though freedom is not a state of nature but an artefact of civilisation, it did not arise from design. The institutions of freedom, like everything freedom has created, were not established because people foresaw the benefits they would bring. But, once its advantages were recognized, men began to perfect and extend the reign of freedom…

The Casualties of Globalisation

This week’s edition of The Economist has a cover story about globalisation. The feature, entitled The Right way to Help Declining Places laments the populist movements that have recently risen to prominence. It is no secret that The Economist detests the likes of Trump, Farage and Le Pen. The article beings with a foreboding message:…