Policy

A Libertarian Party must have a libertarian manifesto. A document explaining what libertarians would do with their five years in power.

Too Unlimited: Adventures in constitutional scepticism

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On a trip to the Smithsonian exhibit, Homer Simpson takes the original copy of the US Bill of Rights out of its case and, as you might predict, gets chocolate on it. The security guards present are not amused. Attempting a remedy, Homer licks it off – but he removes a part of the text…

Private waste recycling is real

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It’s very real. In fact private waste recycling is a daily event for the producers of commercial waste. I have walked past vans owned by various private waste processing firms outside restaurants in London in the early morning, I have photos to prove it. Each van was decorated in the livery of a different company,…

An argument for a British Bill of Rights

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A libertarian manifesto, a five year plan for liberty and justice… it sounds fantastic, but sadly we seem very far from seeing such a thing being created, proposed and implemented in this country, for shame. Such a government would have to brave, bold and borderline revolutionary in its rolling back of the state and constitutional…

Immigration controls as a libertarian policy

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Having voted UKIP for their constitutional policies, and largely ignoring the immigration issue that say Rob Waller found problematic I thought I should double back and take a closer look at their actual immigration policy. That policy is expressed on the Where we stand page in four bullet points, I’ll tackle three of them: •…

Happy To Be Selfish

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According to the Left, the interests of the needy outweigh those of the greedy. That’s why they have no problem with the government confiscating money from the rich and giving it to the poor. The selfish desire to hoard cash, masquerading as property rights, is trumped by the need to alleviate the suffering of the…

How to make trouble over marriage

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Christina Annesley writes powerfully on the topic of marriage, gay marriage in particular, and I think she has hit on something important. First she skewers the idea that this is a simple matter and dismisses the usual libertarian line that religious groups e.g. the Church of England should be free to discriminate against homosexuals by…

The Wrong Solution

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There is no doubt, in my mind, that the announcement that a future Labour government would impose a freeze on energy prices is a political master stroke. Prices have risen dramatically over the last five years and are causing real people real pain. His policy will undoubtedly gain Labour votes by the barrow load. Of…

Education is the Responsibility of Civil Society

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It does not take a Nobel Prize laureate in economics to observe that a country which borrows over a £100 billion a year to fund its budget deficit is going to sooner or later go bust. At the moment, the UK debt is equivalent to 90% of its GDP and it continues to grow. The…