Concern that Government is putting business before people in Brexit Deal

On June 23rd 2016, the British people voted to leave the EU. During the campaign, it was made clear by Vote Leave and others that this would mean leaving the so-called EU Single Market and its Customs Union. There was no mention of a transition deal. Now concerns are raised as it can be revealed the government has had meetings with CEOs that ensured there was a transition deal.  Continue reading

It's not just Remainers who are politically homeless - classical liberals are too

In the red corner we have full blooded Marxist policies advanced by Corbyn, McDonnell, Abbott, et al. In the blue corner... Well, it isn't really a blue corner, more a light red - maybe even pink. As Allister Heath said in an excellent article in today's Telegraph, Remainers and lefty Conservatives may feel that they no longer have a home, but neither do those of us who are Thatcherites - those of us of a more libertarian/classically liberal persuasion and prefer free markets and oppose big government. We are politically homeless, too.  Here's part of Allister's article: Continue reading

WATCH: The Inaugural Jillian Becker Annual Lecture

Last month's Freedom Festival in Bournemouth concluded with the inaugural Jillian Becker Annual Lecture. It was delivered by Anthony Daniels (pen name: Theodore Dalrymple) and the subject was "Threats to Freedom".  More information about Anthony Daniels can be found here: http://www.skepticaldoctor.com/life/ Continue reading

The evil of Anti-Semitism has no place in modern politics

I spent much of this morning watching yesterday's anti-Semitism debate in the House of Commons. Members of Parliament really rose to the occasion and there were many fine speeches. I have highlighted two below because the two MPs in question have both been the subject of vicious anti-Semitic abuse.  Luciana Berger (Labour, Liverpool, Wavertree) and Ruth Smeeth (Labour, Stoke-on-Trent North) both gave moving and passionate speeches which highlighted the abuse they have had to face. Here is a snippet of Luciana Berger's speech: Continue reading

Market trader banned from shouting

This is another story from the ever growing "you couldn't make it up" list. A market trader from Hampshire has been banned from shouting because his voice is too loud. The aptly named Wayne Bellows has a voice that has been measured at 111 decibels - as loud as a chainsaw - and this has upset some people in the town of Lymington.  If you visit a market you expect someone to be shouting "fresh strawberries, get your fresh strawberries. Only £2 a punnet", or however much they are. You expect traders to compete with each other. For me, it's one of the joys of visiting a market.  Continue reading