Policy

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

What should a liberal health service look like in 2016?

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What should a liberal health service look like in 2016? A recent study may offer a partial answer. The study, which examined the effect of palliative care on patients with incurable cancer found, perhaps unsurprisingly, improvements in patients’ quality of life and reduced instances of depression. Those patients who had been assigned palliative care were…

Syed’s Prescription Won’t Fix His Kinetic Problem

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Syed Kamall, a leading MEP and a recent visitor to this parish, has written an article for Venture Beat. The basic thrust is, amongst other things, that there are not enough programmers. He gives examples of private sector solutions which read as evidence there is a problem, then suggests visa liberalisation. The article is stuffed with words…

War Is The Enemy Of Liberty

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Admittedly, I have very little faith in violence as a problem solving tool in general. But I am not a pacifist. I do believe there is a time to fight back. If someone shoots at you, you certainly have every right to shoot back in order to avert the attack. In that sense, I really…

The War on Cash Gets Worse

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Last month the chief economist of the Bank of England, Andrew Haldane openly suggested to completely abolish cash. This means that the most radical and quite frankly ludicrous forms of keynsian economics are now openly debated in the political establishment of this country. The government hates cash for a number of reasons. Cash is the…

The FED is Trapped

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The long anticipated 17th September deadline came. A lot of people thought that this would be the most important date of the year. The FED suggested that on this day they might finally start raising rates from its 0-0.25% range, by 25 basis points. And unfortunately, many people still take this committee of central planners…

When NHS charges come, please do it the right way.

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I was pleased to see this briefing from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy examining NHS health finances. The NHS’s own Five Year Forward View, despite its retro 60s communist sounding title, is honest enough to identify a £30billion funding gap from now until 2021, leaving £21bn in ‘efficiency savings’ to make. The…

Soviet Migration Chaos

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In many ways, Europe seems to be in a crises at the moment. Economic problems of some EU states, most importantly Greece have been constantly in the news over the past few years and no end is in side. The people in charge to manage the crises are our completely clueless politicians. They have identified…

Is Auntie Really On Her Death Bed?

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There are few institutions in British society so loved as the BBC. It is surprising then, that culture secretary John Whittingdale has had the audacity to present to parliament a green paper outlining potential changes in the future scale and scope of the BBC. The organisation is undoubtedly the relic of a bygone era, especially…

Opportunities in purity

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The designers of Formula 1 motor cars are well-known for being good at the very peculiar job of making the fastest possible car within a set of constraints designed to slow them down. This is because they do not focus upon the constraint but focus instead on finding something they can do to make the…