In Defence of Liberty

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Monthly Archives: July, 2013

Elected Coalitions and Democratic Mandates

Politics that tumbles outside of mainstream discourse can be fascinating to discuss and dissect. In sections of this political counterculture, the decision for the Liberal Democrats to join a coalition … Continue reading

July 31, 2013

Detroit’s Decline

Detroit became the largest US city to file for bankruptcy, with an estimated $18bn debt to 100,000 creditors. Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder said: “Let me be blunt. Detroit’s broke.” Michigan-appointed … Continue reading

July 30, 2013

Rage against the Obscene

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the four largest internet providers will block pornography by default unless households choose to receive it. Mr Cameron said that online pornography was … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

The School Food Plan

A government report into school meals has recommended that pre-paid dinners should be provided to all primary school pupils and schools should ensure “packed lunches are not a ‘better’ option” … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Review: The Banned List

Let me be clear: it’s the language, stupid. Cliché is a hot-button issue. We’ve all heard political speeches about how a One Nation party would be competitive in the global … Continue reading

July 14, 2013 · 5 Comments

A Link to the Past 12/7/2013

Here are some good articles from the past month. Dominic Ashton (Left Foot Forward): The Left must resist partisanship on extremism Adam Bannister (The Commentator): Keynes, Balls, austerity, and what … Continue reading

July 12, 2013

Statistics and Lampposts I: Polling and Confidence Intervals

American sports-caster Vin Scully famously said: “Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.” Given the prevalence of statistics, particularly in economics and politics, … Continue reading

July 11, 2013 · 2 Comments