You would be hard pressed to have missed the controversy that Raquel Rolnik, UN special rapporteur on adequate housing, seems to have caused on her mission to examine the effects of the bedroom tax on the people of the UK. Grant Shapps, chairman of the Conservative Party (or ‘Michael Green’, or whatever he is calling… Read More


Neoliberalism: origins, theory, definition Since the 1990’s activists use the word ‘neoliberalism’ for global market-liberalism (‘capitalism’) and for free-trade policies. In this sense, it is widely used in South America. ‘Neoliberalism’ is often used interchangeably with ‘globalisation’. But free markets and global free trade are not new, and this use of the word ignores developments… Read More


She was the Prime Minister of my childhood. She was Mrs Thatcher. Or Maggie. It all depended on the context. But was she certainly a ‘Mrs.’ It felt as stern and cold as she was. Or seemed. Because out of nowhere, she would suddenly exude the vulnerability of a woman, the pride of a mother,… Read More


DfT plan to raise direct revenue from roads is bad enough but libertarian think-tank urges Gov’t to motorise roads even further. A ‘free market roads’ report has been published by the Institute of Economic Affairs and is co-written by Dr Richard Wellings, the IEA’s Head of Transport). He said, “Denationalising the network would ensure British motorists… Read More


The British, like the sheep they raise, are generally a docile bunch and don’t seem to complain much when their civil liberties are trod upon.  This month, we found out that the Home Office are to resurrect plans for electronic surveillance. Originally conceived in 2008 by the previous Labour government, this entails tracking the details (but… Read More