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The war of the flea: the riots and our government’s response.

riots

We must be cautious in how we respond to the riots

Listening to Theresa May’s proposal that the police should be provided with powers to implement a curfew across an area in the case of civil disobedience brought to mind an extract from Robert Taber’s excellent The War of The Flea. Taber’s argues that in response to terrorism, sabotage and insurrection in a guerrilla war “it will be a remarkable government that will not be driven to stern repressive measures – curfews, the suspension of civil liberties, a ban on popular assembly, illegal acts that can only deepen popular opposition, creating a vicious Continue reading

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Why I support the reintroduction of the death penalty

A scene from the film about the hangman Albert Pierrepoint.

A scene from the film about the hangman Albert Pierrepoint.

The capital punishment debate is back. If Guido Fawkes can collect 100,000 signatures for an e-petition, politicians will be forced to debate it in Parliament. James Garry puts forward the case in support of its reintroduction.

I support capital punishment and I am pleased to see that, via the endeavours of the blogger Guido Fawkes, the debate has returned to the public forum. Mine is already one of the signatures on the e-petition on capital punishment debated in Parliament – not that I think the Continue reading

Skunk shops in suburbia: Who said cannabis was illegal?

Cannabis Leaf

The garish cannabis motif

Cannabis smoking is effectively legal. Possession of cannabis is often excuse with a limp “cannabis warning” and it is unashamedly smoked in the open. Yet the cannabis lobby continues to shout the cannabis use is persecuted. With skunk shops opening on suburban streets, James Garry cares to disagree. 

In the nondescript suburbia where I live, there is probably an Acacia Lane. Every suburbia needs an Acacia Lane to lend it a quaint Englishness. I have just checked the map and, indeed, there is a street bearing the name of the acacia. There are also Continue reading

Archbishop Rowan Williams: The Church Militant

Archibishop Rowan Williams

Archibishop Rowan Williams

Archbishop Rowan Williams has not been shy about brandishing his socialist credentials in the press on on the radio. The Church is unlikely to rediscover its purpose and mission with uncomprehending people such as the Archbishop at the helm, writes Charles Brickdale.

The Daily Telegraph recently published a revealing photograph from 1992 of the present Archbishop of Canterbury. It shows the then Bishop of Monmouth, heavily cassocked against the rain, in conversation with a fellow cleric. Both priests are taking a break Continue reading

A chance for change in Venezuela.

Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez

With Hugo Chavez in ill-health, Venezuela has a chance to rid itself of its corrupt and dictatorial leader. It is time the Chavez administration considered new candidates to view for political power, argues Daniel Willis.

The recent news to come from Venezuela indicated that the populist President Hugo Chavez is suffering from bowel cancer. Despite having a tumour approximately the “size of a baseball” removed in late June he has recently found it necessary to return to Cuba for possible chemotherapy or radiation treatment, as was announced last week. Whilst still maintaining an iron grasp on the country, the recent revelations have sparked debate not only regarding the health of the President, but Continue reading

Mass immigration, sexualised children, cheap booze: Are free markets really right-wing?

We sell it because someone will buy it

There is a persistent association between free-markets and the political right. James Garry challenges this orthodoxy and argues that free-markets help to continue the effects of the 1960s cultural revolution.

The Conservative Party is a left-wing party. As my Politics On Toast colleague ventilatorblues wrote earlier last week: there is no difference between the Tories and the left . Yet there are still people who refuse to admit, in spite of the Tories embracing of egalitarianism via the comprehensive school and waging liberal interventionist wars, that they are a party of the right. Continue reading

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