When J. K. Rowling dreamed up the idea of a brave boy wizard on a train to London, even literary experts weren’t convinced her idea was worth publishing. Shoved to the bottom of the pile, her debut novel Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone was picked up by an...
So, I’ve recently moved house and along with all the usual stressful problems (ice-cream melting during transport etc) I just discovered that it’s going to be almost a month before we can get the internet set up. Yeah. A month. As you can imagine this made my flatmates a...
I may have rose tinted glasses, but party conferences used to be pretty buoyant affairs. Predictable, but buoyant. The Tory Conference would see the party leaders throwing the grassroots some red meat on crime and tax breaks. Labour promised to squeeze the rich and splurge on social programs. The...
Turkey seems to be doing its level best to make the crisis in Syria ever worse. Yesterday Turkish F-16 jets forced a civilian jet en route from Moscow to Damascus to land on suspicion it was carrying weapons. At the time of writing there was no comment from Turkish authorities...
The final day of the Conservative party conference was always going to leave the Prime Minister’s speech to very last. David Cameron’s biggest task today was largely to convince the swathes of the nation that, in fact, it is the Conservative party that is the party of ‘One Nation’. His...

Angela In Athens

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It was never going to be a meeting of equals. The leader of the Eurozone’s strongest economy yesterday met the leader of its weakest. The more hysterical elements of the Greek media portrayed it as a distant empress sweeping in to chastise an under performing viceroy. Judging by the...
By Tom Hagen In recent weeks, there has been constant background noise in political circles about a possible referendum on the European Union. First, we’re told the Conservatives will promise it as part of their 2015 campaign. Then we’re told even Labour want to promise one for their next general election manifesto....
  News out today from the hotbead of economic competence that is the Eurozone is that France and Germany have found 11 other countries to jump with them into the pit of financial suicide that is the Financial Transactions Tax. Obsorne, who’s ailing economy is set to benefit from this...
We all know the theory of minimum wages. The market reaches equilibrium wage naturally, if a firm can receive £4 in benefit from a job it will offer a wage of anything below £3.99 and be better off. If a worker accepts a wage of £3.50 it means that...
By Richard Harrington @Harrington1451   Reports coming out from the European Union suggests unelected bureaucrats are looking at ways to make Britain pay more out to ‘benefit tourists’. Under the proposed rules being pushed through despite (supposed) opposition from Britain, France and Germany, just to name a few, unemployed EU citizens...

Political Comment

Is it time to separate Church and State?

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For many, separating Church and State seems like common sense, and in the UK, such constitutional reforms...

The sweet, sweet irony of the EU-AstraZeneca vaccine row

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This week, the EU apparently signalled a major departure from its previously held dogma on free markets,...

Four Successful Regulations That Show Real Bite from the UK Gambling Commission

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is one of those regulatory bodies that often gets it in the...

An Ode to America Lost

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In the early afternoon of the 7th January 2021, a salmagundi of thugs, conspiracy theorists and neo-nazis,...

Be Kind… Or Else!

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It’s December 2019 and Caroline Flack tweeted: “If you can be anything, be kind.” By February 2020,...

Trump has lost the battle but is winning the war

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As I write this, the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election is not yet fully known....

A Response to Gerald Warner

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Earlier this month Gerald Warner explained on the Reaction website why Joe Biden’s candidacy for the US...

How Much Attention Should Political Bettors Pay to Social Media?

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Social media has influenced our lives in ways we can’t even fathom, but never does it seem...