George Kirby

When the khat is away, the mice will play

Written by | Monday 8 July 2013

The government still hasn’t got the message. On Wednesday I saw that Theresa May has decided to ban khat, a herbal stimulant popular among Somali, Yemeni and Ethiopian communities. This goes against advice from the government’s own Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), which claimed there was “insufficient evidence” that khat caused health problems.

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A sorry reminder of the state of free speech

Written by | Thursday 4 July 2013

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Osborne plans to scrap benefits for wealthy pensioners—he should be scrapping the pensioners themselves

Written by | Friday 28 June 2013

Don’t jump to conclusions: I’m not advocating a purge of the elderly. Rather, what I’m saying is that the government should get rid of its concept of a pensioner, and all the benefits which go with that. There should be no division of law-abiding adults into "working-age" and "pensioners": they should have exactly the same rights.

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Let's have a United States of Britain

Written by | Wednesday 3 April 2013

The UK should become a federation of states, hugely increasing the power of local compared to central government, thus allowing the individual more control over his life. Also, it would allow more differentiation across the country, meaning a variety of policies could be tested in all areas of the public sector. The most successful could then be imitated, meaning progress for the nation as a whole.

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Allemannsrett in Britain?

Written by | Thursday 21 March 2013

Allemannsrett (literally 'All Man's Law') is an ancient custom, most clearly found in Norway, Sweden (Allemansrätten) and Finland (Jokamiehenoikeus), where it has been formally enshrined in law.

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It's time to legalize kidney sales

Written by | Friday 15 March 2013

George Kirby is the winner of this year's Young Writer on Liberty Prize, beating out dozens of applicants. We are delighted to post his excellent winning pieces to the blog over the next few days, and look forward to seeing much more of him in the years to come.

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