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Yet more criticism for HS2.

Yet more criticism for HS2.

Daniel Pryor September 10, 2013 2

Daniel Pryor reports on the Public Accounts Committee’s recent attack on the High Speed Two rail project. First, it was £30 billion. Then, it was £42.6 billion. Recently, Treasury officials touted even higher estimates

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We must fight immigration fiction with facts.

We must fight immigration fiction with facts.

Daniel Pryor September 3, 2013 4

Daniel Pryor interprets Lord Ashcroft’s recent poll as a wake-up call for the advocates of immigration. The majority of people in this country believe that immigration has produced more disadvantages than advantages. This miserable

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Harnessing the power of markets for economic forecasting.

Harnessing the power of markets for economic forecasting.

Daniel Pryor August 28, 2013 1

Daniel Pryor reports on the launch of an innovative way to predict UK inflation and unemployment rates. The Bank of England’s repeated failures to accurately forecast inflation and unemployment have become something of a

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Academies accused of introducing ‘Section 28’-style rules against homosexuality.

Academies accused of introducing ‘Section 28’-style rules against homosexuality.

Daniel Pryor August 20, 2013 1

Daniel Pryor reports on UK academies’ controversial sex education policies. Those concerned about Russia’s recent suppression of LGBT rights may want to look closer to home. It has emerged that several British academies have

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Fight Club and the Free Market

Fight Club and the Free Market

Daniel Pryor August 13, 2013 2

Daniel Pryor argues that loving the free market and hating consumerism are reconcilable viewpoints. “The things you own end up owning you.” – Tyler Durden In the years following the release of David Fincher’s

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Con-tracts? The Rise of ‘Zero-hour’ Employment

Con-tracts? The Rise of ‘Zero-hour’ Employment

Daniel Pryor August 6, 2013 6

Daniel Pryor examines the costs and benefits of ‘zero-hour’ contracts. Alcohol and academic books are expensive. I’m due to start university this October (results permitting), and am eager to shore up my finances by

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The Home Office’s anti-immigrant campaign is backwards and offensive.

The Home Office’s anti-immigrant campaign is backwards and offensive.

Daniel Pryor August 2, 2013 2

Daniel Pryor slams yesterday’s tweets from The Home Office. Followers of The Home Office’s Twitter account will yesterday have witnessed an incessant barrage of tweets detailing the arrests of those suspected of illegal immigration.

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Benefits claimants aren’t ‘scroungers’ or ‘shirkers’

Benefits claimants aren’t ‘scroungers’ or ‘shirkers’

Daniel Pryor July 23, 2013 1

(Photograph by Helen Cobain) Daniel Pryor criticises right-wing attitudes towards the welfare state and its recipients. I am going to plead with you to adopt a more compassionate, caring and understanding view of benefit

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Libertarians need to get out more!

Libertarians need to get out more!

Daniel Pryor July 23, 2013 4

(Photograph by Mokeneco) Daniel Pryor urges libertarians to cast off the oppressive shackles of basement-dwelling. It’s currently a Sunday evening, and I am eternally grateful that The Backbencher is largely in the business of

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Atheist Spirituality

Daniel Pryor June 25, 2013 4

Daniel Pryor admonishes those who would dismiss the insights that religion and spirituality have to offer. I haven’t met many religious communists; it seems that radical socialism and vehement hatred of divine authority go

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