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Triple Lock – Triple Failure

January 6, 2014 // 2 Comments

In what has been hailed as the first salvo of the 2015 General Election campaign, Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to maintain the “Triple Lock” state pension guarantee.  This could be regarded as a smart political move — after all, proportionately more pensioners vote than any [...]

When can we expect the global recovery to begin? Never

January 5, 2014 // 1 Comment

The global crisis has three major elements to it: An aging population Slowing birth rates, and A rapidly expanding social welfare system. These factors existed within a system that provided easy debt, both for households and for Government.  In other words, there was a greater squeeze on the [...]

The Hockey Stick is Broken

January 4, 2014 // 7 Comments

On 28th November on Question Time, the Energy & Climate Change Minister Ed Davey argued the case for Renewables Policies using many arguments of those who support the view that mankind is warming the planet due to emissions of CO2.  These ‘proofs’ are as follows, in no particular order;- [...]

Right to Buy shows that the Conservative party is clean out of ideas

January 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Following its introduction in 1980, the Right to Buy scheme quickly proved to be arguably the most popular Conservative policy in recent history and is widely hailed as one of Margaret Thatcher’s most significant achievements. Right to Buy allowed council tenants to buy their council house at [...]

UKIP’s Survival Post-2015

January 4, 2014 // 10 Comments

While reading Tony Hooke’s article on the NHS and the replies by Liz Ferla, I was struck by the disparate nature of the politics within UKIP.  Tony and Liz talk with enthusiasm for the NHS and the trades unions, enthusiasms that I do not share.  It is also quite clear that David Allan does not [...]

Young Independence goes from strength to strength

January 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Young Independence Chairman Rob Comley looks back at a year in which YI more than doubled its membership – and looks ahead to 2014. 2013 was a long year for Young Independence (YI), as well as myself. The year started out with YI arguably broken in two, but finishing with a united youth wing [...]

Should the next RBS be allowed to fail?

January 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

The reason that the State felt it necessary to step in and rescue RBS was that it feared a systemic failure, i.e. that the bank was so big that if it went under it would take others down, create a mass run on the system as depositors raced to get their money out, and cause a collapse in the [...]

Governments never spend effectively or efficiently

January 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

On the one hand we have a seemingly endless list of Government spending plans gone wrong – the NHS IT implantation system is a good place to start – and on the other we have politicians of all colours, including purple, calling for state investment on (presumably the right type of) [...]

Five trends, battles and challenges to watch in the New Year

January 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

ConservativeHome has this article posted today (1 January).  Clearly, Mark Wallace’s blue-tinted spectacles give him a different view of the world to my purple-tinted spectacles, which of course one would expect. So, let’s try and cast a UKIP view on his five trends, battles and dilemmas to [...]

A nation of shopkeepers we ain’t no more

December 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

In October I began a petition on the Isle of Wight calling for an end to Business Rates.  I am a Libertarian, so this should come as no great surprise.  I am pleased to say that I have attracted a number of signatures, but I would welcome many, many more. The high street faces a number of threats [...]
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