Author: Russell Taylor
I am a classical liberal who writes for Bogpaper.com and blames the Left for just about everything that's wrong with the world. Follow me on Twitter @RussTayles

Russell Taylor: #OurDay – Celebrating the statists

As I’m sure you know, the #OurDay 24-hour ‘tweetathon’ took place last Thursday, to celebrate the sterling work done by local councils. What do you mean, you missed it? Shame on you. Don’t you realise how hard our public servants work for us? No wonder they take 20% more sick days than private sector employees.

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Russell Taylor: Ducking the Debate

Each generation throws up its share of people arrogant enough to believe history has nothing to teach them, as well as those wise enough to appreciate the limits of their own knowledge. The inevitable conflict between these two visions means we are destined to have the same arguments, and make the same mistakes, over and

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Russell Taylor: Lefties, your work here is done

The government wants the long-term jobless to do community work or lose their benefits. This is the latest part of the government’s plan to get the unemployed used to a working environment, to develop their skills and to enable them to give something back in exchange for the hand-outs they receive. Personally, I can’t see

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Russell Taylor: Judging a book by its cover

A friend of mine knows a woman who got her tongue split in two to help her get over the end of a relationship. I’m not entirely sure how this was supposed to ease the pain of her breakup, but, then again, when is the best time to turn yourself into a human serpent? It’s

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Russell Taylor: Right and Wrong

As long as I’ve been writing for Bogpaper, I’ve received feedback along the lines of “I like your style, but your arguments are a bit nuts” – which is to say I have a tendency to portray the Left as a sinister cabal, hell-bent on world domination. Guilty as charged, I suppose. I’m definitely prone

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Russell Taylor: Grand Theft Eco

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report last week and the news wasn’t good. Despite there having been no global warming for the past fifteen years, it turns out that we’re still doomed unless we give up our irrational lust for freedom and prosperity, and surrender to the tutelage of

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Russell Taylor: Fantasy versus reality

According to a YouGov poll, Labour have soared into a seven point lead over the Tories following Ed Miliband’s party conference speech. To be honest, I’m not surprised, because it was popularist stuff that paid lip service to reality. He stopped short of promising everyone a free Caribbean holiday, but he did vow to make

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Russell Taylor: Red Ed – A Blast From The Past

Ed Miliband wants to dust off Clause Four, hoist the red flag and return the Labour Party to its former glory: as an unelectable basketcase, run by an amateurish buffoon. Neil Kinnock’s heart must be bursting with pride. Actually, that’s an unfair comparison, because Kinnock was a powerful speaker, whereas Miliband is a nasal sixth-form

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Russell Taylor – Pick a side

A few days ago, I wrote a piece about the proposed bag tax. I’m not going to go over my arguments again, but suffice to say that I think it is stupid, unnecessary and sets a dangerous precedent for future government ‘nudging’. The response to the piece was mixed, but a fair few people were

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Russell Taylor: Down with the bag tax

“People will get used to it and support it,” says Nick Clegg. No, not his odious presence in government, but the so-called bag tax, which will require supermarkets in England to charge five pence for carrier bags from 2015. That’s right: after a few years away, the crunch issue of what you put your groceries

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