Stop sharing pink balloons and get serious about fighting this evil Islamism

I was asked yesterday by a friend on Facebook to share a pink balloon. Here it is.

As I write, over 408,000 people have shared this picture. Is this really the way we are going to fight a war against these evil bastards? Do people sharing this nonsense on Facebook really think that ISIS is going to be concerned about a pink balloon? Continue reading “Stop sharing pink balloons and get serious about fighting this evil Islamism”

We need to fight much harder to extinguish this barbarous Islamist evil

I am still very angry. It’s an anger that refuses to go away despite a good night’s sleep. I can’t get the image of Saffie-Rose Roussos, an eight year-old girl who had her life in front of her, out of my head. She had just enjoyed what was probably the best evening of her young life. She was allowed to stay up late and see her favourite singer at a pop concert. She would have been high as a kite with sheer exuberance. I can imagine her walking out of the auditorium thinking that life can’t get any better than this.

And then we know what happened next. Short of deliberately targeting a maternity hospital, how debased can you get?

I am tired of hearing people describe what happened on Monday evening as a tragedy. It wasn’t a tragedy. It wasn’t just one of those things. It was an atrocity. Children – young children – have been brutally murdered. Continue reading “We need to fight much harder to extinguish this barbarous Islamist evil”

The blame for the social care policy shambles is entirely the Conservatives’ fault

The lady is for turning, because no matter how much CCHQ tries to spin it, today we saw the first wobble and U-turn in this general election campaign.

I thought the policy announced last week during the unveiling of the Conservative manifesto was a sensible one. If you can’t look after elderly parents and they need long-term care, why should you expect to inherit their house in full and expect taxpayers to pick-up the bill for their care? Continue reading “The blame for the social care policy shambles is entirely the Conservatives’ fault”

Margaret Thatcher’s principles still have a role to play in 21st Century politics

In the Conservative manifesto, Theresa May once again had a pop at those of us on the libertarian right. Once again she described our views as an “ideological template”. There is no doubt that whatever Mayism is, it is certainly not Thatcherism. She has done her best – and has so far succeeded – in putting an ocean between her and the most successful Conservative Prime Minister of the 20th Century.

What I find curious is the notion that if you identity yourself as a Thatcherite you are somehow stuck in the past. If Margaret Thatcher were still alive today and was about to become Prime Minister, she would apply her principles to the problems of today. Continue reading “Margaret Thatcher’s principles still have a role to play in 21st Century politics”

Response to the Conservative Manifesto

This is the response to the Conservative Party manifesto I wrote on behalf of The Freedom Association.

The Conservative manifesto launched earlier today is a document that tries to please everyone.

Economically, it is a definite lurch to the left. There are commitments to the national living wage and more workers’ rights. There are attacks on businesses with the Government thinking it is its job to interfere in executive pay, and new powers to effectively block any takeover of a UK company from overseas investors. George Osborne promised in 2010 that the deficit would be eliminated by 2015. Now we are told that the deficit will be eliminated by 2025. Don’t bet your house that it will be! A commitment to keep “taxes as low as possible”, is about as woolly as it gets. Expect tax rises. Continue reading “Response to the Conservative Manifesto”