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September 14, 2014

Trafalgar Square, 6 pm Monday night

Don't let our Union go!

September 12, 2014

Devolution - Excellent!

Daniel Hannan writes -

The best outcome for Scotland is surely full autonomy within the United Kingdom. Holyrood should control transport, education, welfare, health, and the bulk of taxation, leaving Westminster to oversee defence, foreign affairs, immigration and monetary policy.

. . .The solution, surely, is to devolve equivalent power to England’s counties and cities. (I’d devolve power from Edinburgh to local councils, too, for what it’s worth, but that’s not up to me.) County and metropolitan authorities should assume – or reassume – control over education, transport, taxation, welfare. Some of them have larger populations than have some US states, yet those states run everything from criminal justice to social security. Are my constituents in Hampshire less capable of local self-government than their cousins in New Hampshire?

England used to have proudly autonomous municipal authorities, but is now – at least as measured by the percentage of revenue raised locally – the most centralised country in the EU after Malta.
We could do better. We could have pluralism at local level, with the freedom to innovate, to trial new ideas, to copy best practice. We could have tax competition, leading to downward pressure on rates. We could restore honour and purpose to local democracy, attracting a higher calibre of candidate. And then – a delicious bonus – we could let the House of Commons become a part-time assembly of citizen legislators, meeting for no more than 40 days a year, its MPs compensated for their time rather than paid salaries.

Delicious, indeed. By the way, Hannan's new book Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World is interesting and important.

September 09, 2014

Scotland, stay for love

Please don't leave.

Everyone in the United Kingdom, America, Canada, Australia and the rest of the world already thinks of you as Scotland the unique, independent, brave, inventive, and beautiful.

Why cut off your nose to spite England's face?

Scottish patriot Alistair McConnachie, who wants Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom, writes - Separatists have a vision of "freedom", for themselves, from the UK, and England and the English in particular. We have a vision of the people of the UK working together to serve each other and the world. . .

Stay for love, Scotland.

September 01, 2014

The self-loathing of the British left


August 31, 2014

A heroine - Professor Alexis Jay

Shining a light on utter brutality and political correctness gone mad.