In Defence of Liberty

Driven by data; ridden with liberty.

Monthly Archives: November, 2013

Lies, Damned Lies and Crime Statistics II

Instead of reducing crime, police officers have colluding – in their own departments, and sometimes with criminals – to reduce records of crime. Whilst the individual responsibility of these police … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 4 Comments

Lies, Damned Lies and Crime Statistics

Police forces in England and Wales are routinely manipulating crime statistics, the Commons Public Administration Committee heard. A culture of under-reporting was nurtured in order to meet targets.  Bernard Jenkin, … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · 15 Comments

The National Liberal Party

Planning Minister Nick Boles has proposed that the National Liberal party should be revived, as an affiliate of the Conservative Party. Speaking to Bright Blue, a modernising pressure group, Boles … Continue reading

November 21, 2013

Owen Jones and Freedom of Speech

The furore surrounding Owen Jones’s refusal to share a platform with Mother Agnes at a Stop the War Coalition conference demonstrates that many people simply do not know what freedom … Continue reading

November 20, 2013

Not Just Entertainment

The use of themes and leitmotifs linked to characters or situations has defined computer game soundtracks. The nascent soundtracks were simple loops, severely limited by hardware. As aliens descended in … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Link to the Past 12/11/2013

Here are my favourite articles over the past month. Chris Auld: 18 signs you’re reading a bad criticism of economics Kyle Hill (Scientific American): Squirtle, I (Should) Choose You! Settling … Continue reading

November 12, 2013

Point of Misrepresentation

In debates, a competitor should say ‘Point of Misrepresentation’ when their arguments are being misrepresented by opposing debaters. In absence of respectable rebuttal, people sometimes reach for risible and ridiculous … Continue reading

November 9, 2013