populism

Statement by the family of Franklin Brito

Following the tragic and wasteful death on Monday of Venezuelan hunger-striker, Franklin Brito, his family issued a statement which this blog would like to see publicly branded on the foreheads of Messrs Chomsky, Pilger, Stone and Penn. It follows in full…. It is with immense sorrow that we inform the Venezuelan people and the world of […]

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The left has suddenly remembered England

There’s quite a sensible piece by Eddie Bone in the New Statesman today, or very nearly.  The basic premise is that Labour should devote a large part of its time in opposition to rediscovering itself in England, and reconnecting with the English political base that it lost through its badly drafted and deliberate policies of […]

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Comment of the week

By some bloke called He’s Spartacus. I’ve just tried to sign up for the beta programme. Unfortunately I was unable to complete the process as there is no option for loyal Subjects of Her Majesty the Queen. I am not an EU Citizen. That is all. This blog supposes it should be happy that it […]

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Mind the gap

A fine and rigorously argued post by John Ward over at The Slog challenges the latest incarnation of left wing Utopian orthdoxy, The Spirit Level. Going back over a hundred years before the CIA was ever imagined, Jeremy Bentham proposed – without the benefit of any data – exactly that truthful empiricism of balance: ‘the […]

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Ron Paul 2012

Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require […]

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Turkeys voting for Christmas

Daniel Hannan is perfectly entitled to continue as a Member of the European “Parliament”, despite the fact that is a body whose legitimacy and sovereignty he questions. He is, after all, only following the time-honoured custom of champions of liberty like Charles Stewart Parnell, but one can’t help but wonder which audience he thinks he’s […]

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Turkey lurkey

Another stiletto between the shoulder blades of democracy from iDave as he talks up  Turkey’s membership of the EU. He compared hostility to the membership bid in some parts of the EU with the way the UK’s entry was once regarded. Trust me, Dave, the UK’s entry into the EU is still regarded with hostility, […]

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