NHS. Not the Messiah, Just a Mess.

NHS. Not the Messiah, Just a Mess.

The NHS is a False Prophet

 

“Woe unto you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.”

– Luke 6:26

 

Our National Health Service just turned 70! According to a recent article in The Guardian by Polly Toynbee, The NHS is our religion in the UK and that’s why the conservative government can’t destroy it. Of course, the Conservative government have never actually tried to destroy the NHS. They haven’t even reduced the amount spent on the NHS. They haven’t …

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CommonWeal: Forget about the consequences of your actions

CommonWeal: Forget about the consequences of your actions

Public authorities would be allowed to seize land under the “Public Land Value Capture” proposal suggested by the think tank Common Weal. In short, public authorities should have the legal means to purchase land at the existing “use value” rather than at the anticipated future value once planning permission is granted (known as ‘hope value’).

Public authorities would borrow against the future uplift (upswing) in land value from the granting of planning permission to develop the site. This borrowed sum could then be used to fund …

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

I for one am glad the festive period is over. Office parties starring  teetering hordes of amateur alcoholics, everything going up in price and silly songs featuring diminutive prepubescent percussionists that go “pa rum pa pump um.” (I searched the gospels for this anti social noise nuisance but he seems to be oddly absent from all four.) As you can probably gather. I’m not a fan. Except of course for the capitalistfest that was our own Libertarian Christmas party. Nothing less than a triumph of …

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100 Years on: Remembering the Millions who suffered under Socialism

100 Years on: Remembering the Millions who suffered under Socialism

 

There are two places only where socialism will work: in heaven, where it is not needed, and in hell where they already have it. – Winston Churchill

 

It is a recurring theme amongst socialists to argue that, if we only adopt the right system, a wonderful utopia awaits us. Indeed, the word “Utopia” owes its origin to Thomas More’s book of the same name about a mythical island where there is no private property and everyone takes what he needs. It is therefore an extremely appropriate …

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The worst of government poor planning: An economic argument against rent controls

The worst of government poor planning: An economic argument against rent controls

“In many cases rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city—except for bombing.”i

Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement that Labour would seek to implement rent controls, were it to get into power, is not a new idea. It is, nevertheless, a terrible idea; both for those it seeks to help and for the wider population, as I will prove in this article.

High rent is a signal to the market to provide more housing to let and capping …

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Victimhood & Individualism

Victimhood & Individualism

The Social Justice Left’s worrying obsession with propping up their own victimhood narratives seems at best an attempt to grab the little social currency left for them.

In the most recent rendition of identity politics, which the Left has all but mastered, a new victim-status hierarchy has emerged from the depths of Tumblr and bled into mainstream culture. The appropriately named ‘Oppression Olympics’, which was termed by those outside this community, perfectly encapsulates the cultural Marxism that these groups champion. This hierarchy places those at the …

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The tough side of standing for free speech

The tough side of standing for free speech

The Nazi chant of ‘blood and soil’ was heard throughout the night as far-right groups marched through Charlottesville, Virginia. On the night before the ‘Unite the Right’ rally, a pre-rally gathering was held on the University of Virginia campus grounds. Images of the large crowd, mostly male, entirely white, wielding torches and marching in unison, echo back to an unforgettable history, one of National Socialist marches and KKK lynch mobs. Such movements, infamous for their visceral race-based symbolism, have become permanently ingrained in modern consciousness. …

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Understanding the virtue of thrift: A response to Joyce McMillan

Understanding the virtue of thrift: A response to Joyce McMillan

In Response to Joyce McMillan’s article “Debunking the Tory myth of the magic money tree”, first published in the Scotsman on 02/06/17.

 

Understanding the virtue of thrift: A response to Joyce McMillan

“If socialists understood economics, they would not be socialists.”
– Nobel prize-winning economist Friedrich Hayek.

 

Writing in Friday’s (02/06/17) Scotsman, Joyce McMillan asserts that any fiscal constraint by government (so-called “austerity”) is unnecessary, claiming that it has unleashed:

“…a litany of meanness and misery firmly based on the assumption that there is a finite amount of money in …

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General Election June 8th

General Election June 8th

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has decided to disrupt our council election campaign by selfishly and inconsiderately calling a snap General Election. (Tsk!)

However, be that as it “May”, if life gives you lemons…squeeze them back in the ****s eyes is what I say.

Accordingly the leadership team will be doing our best to appoint a campaign manager and place some candidates in key positions in Scotland. Given our current financial situation we are looking at three, possibly four, candidates at the most but ideally I’d …

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Candidates Announced

Candidates Announced

Here is a full list of all candidates standing for the Scottish Libertarian Party in the forthcoming local elections on May 4th, which is the largest number that we have ever had standing. Just ordinary people who are willing to stand up for your rights against big government who want to take away your freedoms.

ABERDEEN CITY:

Robbie Bowman – Ward 9 – Lower Deeside

ABERDEENSHIRE:

Derek Scott – Ward 13 – Westhill

EDINBURGH CITY:

Daniel Fraser – Ward 1 – Almond
Tom Laird – Ward 5 – Inverleith
Calum Strange – Ward7 …

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