Free Markets

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If I were appointed Health Secretary tomorrow…

competition makes us smile

Politics On Toast’s very own A.P. Schrader has been appointed health secretary by Her Majesty’s Government  (yes, really). In his first act he abolishes the Department of Health. Next he razes and rebuilds the National Health Service – one that will compete for our business.  

What would I do if David Cameron appointed me Health Secretary tomorrow? I dare say Andrew Lansley still asks himself that question every night before he goes to bed. Or does he? Jacqueline Davis of The Guardian would have us believe that the Coalition’s apparently Lib Dem-led U-turn “was a fake” and that the Lansley reforms “remain on track”. We can only hope. Even if they are, however, I have serious doubts as to whether the Lansley proposals go anything like far enough, even in their un-watered Continue reading

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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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