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On Liberty and The Left

Prior to lockdown and the various paraphernalia of anti-freedom Covid laws, I’m not sure that Dr Naomi Wolf and I would have as readily agreed on so much. Covid response policies have brought together many from disparate ideologies who are united in our contempt for authoritarianism – and our belief that Covid is a handy […]

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Opinion Politics

Playing a Blinder

Saturday’s anti-lockdown protests were an incredible success. Judging by the turnout in some of Europe’s major capitals – especially in London, Amsterdam and Brussels – the organisers played an absolute blinder in terms of communicating in stealth mode until the very last minute. But people who needed to be informed were informed. In London it […]

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Science and Cummings

Rumour has it that Dominic Cummings, the former Vote Leave joint supremo, and ex-Number 10 super-SPAD, has a new Twitter account. I’m not sure if this is true. But the signs are there that it might be. The account had just a few hundred followers yesterday and now has a few thousand. The profile pic […]

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Times Columnists and Duff data

Daniel Finkelstein, in The Times, yesterday, asked whether we were too ready to sacrifice our freedom. He asked the question a year after the government implemented house arrest (also known as lockdown). Finkelstein also acknowledges that lockdown as a policy was inspired by China. But despite all of this Finkelstein, bizarrely, implies that the government’s […]

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Freedom Back?

There are signs that people-power is beginning to flex its muscle. This coming weekend the World Freedom Alliance (WFA) is organising a series of ‘demonstrations for freedom and democracy’ – literally across the globe, with especially large ones planned for the major Western capital cities, including London. The idea that governments can tell us to […]

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Met Ball

Today the Metropolitan Police is in disarray. The government is blame-gaming and the government’s lockdown policy is in tatters. Yesterday’s vigils across the UK, in honour of Sarah Everard, were peaceful and dignified. It would appear that the vigil in Clapham Common was no different. But, despite that, the operational decision was taken and the […]

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Business & Money Politics

Rishi’s Tax Dish

The UK Chancellor’s statement last Wednesday included lots of grandiose pronouncements about recovery and growth — but the most significant elements of his budget were tax rises that will stifle that growth. The increase of corporation tax (business tax on profits) to 25% (for the largest and most profitable companies) will result in the UK’s […]

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The dis-united kingdom of lockdown

Michael Deane is to Belfast what Rick Stein is to Padstow. But Padstow always had Cornwall on its side. Deane had to build his restaurant business against all the odds, in a place that was hardly associated with gastronomy. But his success and tenacity were astonishing. Deane’s eponymous city-centre restaurant was one of the first in Northern […]

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Business & Money

Covidistas

Even the mainstream media admit that the latest lockdown will result in a huge hit to the economy. But there’s precious little sympathy being offered to the people who have provided the money to allow governments to function, ever since governments became a thing. After all, goes the government line, we have to protect the […]