No2NP Edinburgh 20th March

No2NP Edinburgh 20th March

oN2NP, No to Named Person are a campaign against the SNP’s insidious Named person legislation that aims  to make the state the third parent in every family in Scotland. If you are unaware of the specifics. Please familiarise yourself with them here…

http://no2np.org/

I would like to ask all members and supporters of the Scottish Libertarian Party to consider signing the petition.

You can also view the Scottish Liberty Podcast’s roving report at the last N2NP event in Dundee here..

N2NP are having another event in Edinburgh on 20th …

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IndyRef2? Why I Cannot Vote Yes (again)

IndyRef2? Why I Cannot Vote Yes (again)

“..for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself. .”

 

So assert those who signed the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. A document that alongside Magna Carta is said to have influenced the founding fathers of America and their constitution.

The first …

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Scottish Council Elections 2017

Scottish Council Elections 2017

A Call to Arms.

 

Our campaign to inject Libertarian principles into the Scottish body politic continues with our plan to field candidates for May 4th.

You may be aware that our membership secretary, Stephen McNamara, recently stood in the Kilmarnock East and Hurlford by election, achieving a new council election record  of 53 first votes and 305 seconds. These numbers are not as important as the fact that almost 3000 people were presented with a ballot paper featuring our party name and logo.

Awareness is growing.

In view of this, …

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The Death of Castro

The Death of Castro

The death of Castro requires special comment as social media has been awash, over the last couple of days, with celebrations of the man who has presided over a country where doctors are paid $25 a month, teacher $15, and the best paid professions are taxi driver and prostitute. A nation where people need vouchers to buy food.

But what can you say to someone who loves Big Brother?

Some of his champions naively blame the U.S. embargo on Cuba for these conditions but, while the embargo …

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Misanthropic Myths about 3rd World Poverty debunked!

Misanthropic Myths about 3rd World Poverty debunked!

One of the most persistent myths about 3rd World Poverty is that if underdeveloped nations are allowed economic advancement and become wealthy it will be some kind of unmitigated environmental disaster. Is that so?

Wealthy countries can afford to clean up their water supplies after fouling them and treat their sewage properly. They can replant their forests, put recycling infrastructure into place, and farm sustainably. Countries without wealth can’t do that. In places like Bangladesh people must scramble to make a living with no long-term …

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Venezuela’s Killing Fields

Venezuela’s Killing Fields

The Khmer Rouge took power in Cambodia in 1975.(1) Their goal was one of turning the nation into one of an agrarian socialist society. As well as resetting the official date to “Year Zero”, they embarked upon a program of forced labour, evacuating the cities and sending the inhabitants to work in the fields. The demands – as in China’s great leap forward – were impossible to meet and the result was not an increase in production but a decrease. The shortage of food combined …

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Apologists for Obama Make the World Safe for Autocrats

Apologists for Obama Make the World Safe for Autocrats

In 2009 Obama went to Prague and stood before an adoring crowd saying, “The United States will help rid the world of Nuclear Weapons.” Under Obama Nuclear Warhead production is greater than under any post-Cold War president. $1 trillion was allocated build more nuclear weapons, delivery systems, and factories than any previous president. He visited Hiroshima on a public relations  campaign, but as a deep act of cynicism. He broke his campaign promise to work with Russia to move nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert.

After winning The …

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The Hope of Affordable Housing – A Modern Fairy Tale

The Hope of Affordable Housing – A Modern Fairy Tale

A Modern Fairy Tale

“I’ve got good news and bad news,” says the politician behind the podium – live on tv – sweat dripping from his brow…

“Here’s the bad news – ”

A moment of gravity descends the Nation as they await the words that follow…

“The value of your houses are going to fall – dramatically. Maybe by 50, 60 per cent – Maybe less, maybe more – I can’t exactly say by how much, but they’re going to fall, and they are going to fall badly. …

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We Shouldn’t Even Need a Basic Income to Meet Everyones Needs!

We Shouldn’t Even Need a Basic Income to Meet Everyones Needs!

Over the past couple of years the popularity of the proposal for a basic income, paid to everyone in the country regardless of their income and occupation (or lack of one) has become increasingly popular. For people on lower incomes it would be in the form of a “negative income tax”; for people on higher incomes it would take the form of a tax deduction; and for people in between they would get a graded combination of both.

It’s easy to see the appeal.

It would make sure that …

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Putting The Foot down: In defence of workplace dress codes.

Putting The Foot down: In defence of workplace dress codes.

Recently a  female employee of a temping agency was told to wear high heels to work. She refused, raising the issue on social media and creating a furore. Now the employee in question, Nicola Thorp, has launched a petition to have government outlaw such dress codes on the grounds that they are sexist.

At the risk of making a “straw-woman” of the case, the argument seems to be that wearing heels is painful and the requirement to wear them is only imposed for aesthetics reasons; reasons which …

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