The evil of PAF C23

Back in the bad old days of slavery in the United States, there was a thing called the ‘Underground railroad‘ which spirited escaped slaves over the border into the anti-slavery (Abolished in 1834) British run Province of Canada amongst other…

Compulsory voting – an argument against

I’ve just read Sackerson’s piece on why Britain needs AV and compulsory voting, and while I supported AV – the just rejected proposal was, I feel, superior both to FPTP and also to the full preferences variant used in most…

Common Sense on H&S

In the wake of the inquest into the London bombing, Sir Paul Stephenson has incurred the displeasure of the Police Federation. The gist of his remarks struck me as being sensible and pragmatic. He posed the question; should the health…

Let us embrace the paraphernalia of Europe Day

Such is the size of the elephant who arrived tippy-toed and now stands as still as it possibly can – sticking out from behind the grandfather clock in the UK’s otherwise spick and span, doily and tea-and-cake bedecked drawing room…

Splits and differences

Apart from the recent AV fiasco in which various Lib Dems are now noisily throwing their toys out of the pram because the “evil” Tories decided that throwing away a voting system that allowed them access to power every couple…

Reform and the benefits system

If you’re claiming disability benefits because you could only walk with crutches, then being filmed whilst skydiving probably isn’t a smart move. Express. A BENEFITS cheat who claimed she could only walk with crutches sky-dived from a plane at 12,000ft,…

Electoral Reform, Where to Now?

Now that the votes are in and the count has been done, we can see that the electorate –  those who voted –  rejected AV. There is much wailing and grinding of teeth going on over at the Guardian where…

Democracy’s nasty secret

It’s been said often enough – democracy is the worst possible system of government apart from all the others, it’s two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner, it’s the tyranny of the majority or even,…

Freedom and litter

We have a site, as many of you know, called Orphans of Liberty and it says it has a range of views, from libertarian to centre-right, including classical liberals. Somewhere in there is room for the true conservative. The question…

No One Expects an Empty Apology

So Majorca has apologised to the Jews for the Spanish Inquisition. Francesc Antich, the regional president of the Balearic Islands, issued an official condemnation of the killings in what was heralded by Jewish groups as the first of its kind…