BARONESS THATCHER: Don’t You Just Love Hate Crime.

I had a letter from the police today. My local police authority, South Wales Police – and its “Crime Commissioner”, Mr Alun Michael – wrote to me asking if I would take part in a survey. God bless the police and crime commissioners. They seem to think that people would rather pay the police service

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RGTyler: Plain Package Cigarettes… The Nanny State Strikes Again!

The Government, this week, has announced yet another policy U-Turn. This time on plain packaging for cigarettes. The opposition pressured the government into the U-Turn with claims that they were in bed with big Tobacco companies. Whether or not this is true is beside the point. What I do want to look at is the

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Libertarian Girl: The End of Left vs Right

One thing that’s always surprised me when it comes to politicians is their utter certainty that they are right. Obviously one could draw the conclusion that much of this is simply rhetorical bluster our largely careerist politicos use in a desperate bid to secure their place slopping at the trough; that it doesn’t come from

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Russell Taylor: Welcome to Airstrip One

Some commentators have noted that the warnings found in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four never materialised in Britain, but that a more subtle, creeping authoritarianism has taken hold instead. Members of the political class crave power just as much as those of the Party, but they don’t express it with such ruthless intent. Their brand of

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Rocco: Not Safe for Home

Welcome to Britain in the year 2013. A land covered in persistent stains, soggy tissues and stiff socks. Each morning newsagents, supermarkets and petrol stations are clogged with millions upon millions of men furiously stroking themselves to fiery completion over Page 3 “hotties”. Libraries and internet cafes are packed to the rafters with pale men

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Marx on Monday: 1984

When I was a little boy my family always went on holiday to the same place – the Scottish Isle of Jura. It was beautiful but bleak and always cold. One year, I think it was 1949, whilst I was exploring the island I came across an old dilapidated farmhouse. At first I thought it

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Russell Taylor: Laughing at the Left

One of the political Right’s common mistakes is to assume that people are easily swayed by rational arguments. “Our system works!” we cry, as if anyone gives a damn. “Look, we have proof!” Meanwhile, a pop star says something about Africa and creates a million Labour voters. This is not to say that people are

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Science Sunday with John Duffield: UFOs

I’m no fan of crop circles or alien abductions. When it comes to UFOs, I think there’s a lot of charlatans out there. Some peddle hub-cap home movies, some do a bit of photoshopping, and some release helium balloons and tell tall tales. But get this: if you asked a cosmologist whether he thinks aliens

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Eadon: Console Wars, Chess Wars

Rolling back the mists of Old Father Time Megahertz, we peer back into the digital medieval times (the 1980’s and 1990’s). Games Consoles were fantastic in the truest fantasy meaning of the word back then. The beginning of the end of the magic was the coming first Sony Playstation, when games consoles, whilst still immense

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Russell Taylor: We are the radicals now

It is said that the modern political landscape was shaped by the baby boomers of the post-war era. In fact, the progressive philosophy they embody pre-dates them, but it is true that much of what passes for conventional wisdom was forged in the political crucible of the 1960s. Boomer radicals styled themselves as rebels against

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