In Defence of Liberty

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Monthly Archives: February, 2015

A Rejoinder to the BSC

After discussing the connection between smoking cigarettes and developing lung cancer, a commenter wrote on the Bolton Smokers’ Club blog about me: A Bit of an Altercation with an Anti-Smoking … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Unopened Gateway

When a new product or technology emerges, it may conjure a moral panic. Nicotine vaporizers currently lie within the crucible of governments and international organisations. A World Health Organisation report … Continue reading

February 26, 2015

Vapour-Filled Rooms

Occasionally, the line between seriousness and satire can become ragged and faded. Nash Riggins, writing in The Guardian, argues against the idea that “e-cigs are somehow safer than normal cigarettes”. … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · 21 Comments

Voter Persistency

In the great game of politics, voters are fickle and fluid, ever-changing and ever-shifting. Parties seek to maintain their core of support from the last election, whilst carving out new … Continue reading

February 20, 2015


A gunman attacked a free speech debate and a synagogue in Copenhagen. Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said the shootings were “a cynical act of terror against Denmark”, and her government’s … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vox Populi

Just as politicians wants to speak for the person on the street, broadcast journalists want to reflect the voice of the people in their reporting. The use of vox populi … Continue reading

February 15, 2015

A Link to the Past 12/02/2015

Articles of the Month Ross Douthat (New York Times): Our Loud, Proud Left Robert Ford (Observer): How Green Party surge threatens Labour’s election hopes Daniel Hannan MEP (Conservative Home): Stop … Continue reading

February 12, 2015