The giveaway was Osbourne’s statement that the ‘budget’ was fiscally neutral, the details you could have read in the Evening Standard an hour ago. That means that the State has just tinkered around the edges again to satisfy vested interests for electoral purposes in 2015. The State still sees itself as the powerhouse of the economy, they are even trying to buy off the public service unions with a 1% ‘cap’ on pay increases. This is a price to be paid by the private sector. The tinkering will not make an iota of difference. There were no commitments to tax cuts, no commitment to a small state, just threats to beef up the tax police, ‘agreements’ with the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. The State is still centralised, and sees itself as a Plc essential to our commonwealth, and has adopted yet more and more failed Keynesian policies, we are still wedded to the
A week ago the Libertarian Party asked for examples of abuse by the State that had been sidelined by the Police and other public authorities in much the same way justice was denied for the Hillsborough victims for over twenty years. The response has been overwhelming. Andre Power wrote this email to the journalist Melanie Philips, who dismissed his arguments as absurd (at the same time publicising her new book in her reply) So it appears that the Press only wants to engage with the State on terms allowed by the State already, irrespective of the Royal Commission. In May 2010 the Law Commission published a document called Administrative Redress: Public Bodies and the Citizen. Both Ministers and Officials wanted nothing to do with proposals that would make it easier to get redress in the face of sloth, ignorance and corruption. Dear Melanie, Just read your article on the freedom of the press, which
On March 18th 2013 the United Kingdom dropped to 29th place in press freedom behind Uruguay. After three hundred years this is the legacy of David Cameron to the free world.
This weekend it is the Social Democratic Party’s Conference in Brighton. I have always refused to use the appellation ‘Liberal’ as in the inverse takeover of the Liberal Party by the SDP they dumped any remaining classical liberal virtues of the party of Gladstone. The essentially decent Eurocrat Nick Clegg has apologised for the policy committment made on free tertiary education fees made by his party, never expecting to go anywhere near the levers of power in Whitehall. The ever disloyal Cable says of course ” I always thought this was an unwise policy committment”. The conference is set for a showdown between Clegg and Cable and his soft left supporters in the SDP wing for the top job. I cannot think of anybody more untrustworthy to be hold the position that Cable occupies as Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills. Clearly that is why Cameron in the last reshuffle put Michael
The Libertarian Party this week publishes its new Statement of Principles and Manifesto for 2012. One of the main planks of the manifesto is to make misfeasance in public office at statutory offence and a mandatory ten year jail sentence for any public official and Minister found to be complicit in torture. Jack Straw blocked making misfeasance in public office being made a statutory offence stating there was no requirement for it. Clearly Mr Straw who has kept a very low profile while allegations have been made he ‘authorised’ the use of torture and he was reminded of that he had done so by the security services. It could be construed that he was not acting in the public interest. Misfeasance in public office, a common law offence, by case law includes anybody who receives payment from the state. As over fifty per cent of people in the United Kingdom draw their income from the