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Image via Wikipedia The number of legal highs used in the UK has risen exponentially over the last few years. Often designed to give the same effects as cannabis, ecstasy or cocaine, they are usually sold over the internet or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
With the Hayek vs Keynes rap battle gaining over a million hits on YouTube, it's good to see that Hayek's message continues to be promoted through the internet. Margaret Thatcher was famously inspired by The Constitution of Liberty in particular,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia The Bank of England has kept interest rates at just 0.5pc, where they have been since March 2009. Quantitative easing was also unchanged at £200bn, despite increasing concern about high rates of inflation. So the Keynesian economics... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia In the face of a full scale eurozone crisis, many supporters of the EU superstate are getting worried. Greece and Ireland have been bailed out and both have now been burdened with ridiculously high interest rates, designed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at BETTER OFF OUT
Image via Wikipedia For too long teaching has been about league tables and targets, when it should really be about helping children obtain the skills that are necessary for later life. One consequence of the league table culture has been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia As a libertarian, I feel the special relationship between Britain and America more strongly than most of my fellow countrymen. For years I have defended America against petty taunts, against those who like to generalise all Americans... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia Stuart Wheeler, a Council Member of The Freedom Association, has recently become treasurer of the fourth largest political party in the UK. Having donated generously to the Conservative party in the past, he was expelled from the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image by Getty Images via @daylife The coalition government rightly believes it is the private sector that must create employment and provide economic growth. David Cameron argued during the election campaign that a National Insurance increase was a 'tax on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2011 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey recently described the war in Afghanistan as, "an epic failure, a national embarrassment and a moral blight on our nation". Writing for the Telegraph, Neil Gardiner condemned her statement and defended the war in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia The coalition government has been in power for just seven months, yet it has already doubled the number of Academy schools. The total now stands at 407 schools, which means that 11% of secondary schools are now... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2011 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia I have previously written about the EU referendum pledge on the better off out blog. Since then no progress has been made regarding the EU - the budget has increased, our rebate is under threat and no... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia The standard rate of VAT has risen from 17.5% to 20% as the government attempts to boost revenues and reduce the deficit. Unlike many of those on the political left, I realise that our national debt is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia It is looking increasingly likely that Labour will form an alliance with eurosceptic Conservative MPs in order to defeat the upcoming European Union Bill. If successful, this will be the first Parliamentary defeat for David Cameron since... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2011 at BETTER OFF OUT
Image via Wikipedia It is looking increasingly likely that Labour will form an alliance with eurosceptic Conservative MPs in order to defeat the upcoming European Union Bill. If successful, this will be the first Parliamentary defeat for David Cameron since... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2011 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia As we all know, the previous Labour government was obsessed with the idea of a compulsory national ID card scheme. Only pressure from the public forced them to end their support for compulsory ID cards, but they... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia I'm sure all eurosceptics reading this will have heard this criticism many times before - that we are isolationists. Our opponents claim that rather than working with other countries, we wish to cut ourselves off from the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2010 at BETTER OFF OUT
Image via Wikipedia It is no secret that Britain is facing an energy crisis. Half our coal plants and all of our nuclear stations but one will be shut down by 2023. The green movement has prevented new nuclear stations... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image by afagen via Flickr Barack Obama has recently signed a law repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that currently exists in America. The current law forces homosexuals to keep their sexuality secret and has led to the dismissal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2010 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia For too long UK governments have spent more than they have raised through taxation, forcing them to rely on borrowing and inflation. Unfortunately it is not only New Labour who are guilty of this, but also the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL) via Flickr As previously discussed, David Baddiel, speaking on Radio 5 live, recently called The Freedom Association "a very, very right wing kind of sub-BNP, slightly posher version of the BNP". This has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2010 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia As noted previously, the EU budget is set to increase by 2.9% next year, adding another £430 million to the budget. This led to criticism from Conservative backbenchers who argued that the budget should at least be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2010 at BETTER OFF OUT
Image by The Freedom Association via Flickr Control orders began with The Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, after the House of Lords ruled the previous strategy of detaining foreign suspects indefinitely without trial unlawful. They are used against those suspected... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia Drug policy in the UK has been based on politics rather than scientific evidence for decades. Scientists have consistently argued that alcohol and cigarettes are more harmful than marijuana and ecstasy, yet politicians condemn the use of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Cover of How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes For decades the Keynesian school of economics has been the dominant theory throughout the western world. In many ways this isn't surprising, as it suits the special interests of so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
Image via Wikipedia There are plans to build giant wind turbines in the UK that reach up to 493ft, or 150 metres. This has caused local residents to campaign against the new turbines, as they threaten to ruin the local... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2010 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION