The Lord’s Digital Agenda

On Tuesday the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills released the 144-page report ‘Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future’. It’s a typical government report, calling for ‘immediate and extensive action’ in something or other — and in this case, unifying government’s current, disjointed digital initiatives with the launch of a grand ‘Digital Agenda’. (This […]

Liberty League Freedom Forum 2015

Tickets to this year’s Liberty League Freedom Forum are now on sale. Now in its fifth year, LLFF is the UK’s largest gathering of the next generation of pro-liberty enthusiasts. 2015’s Freedom Forum takes place between Friday 27th – Sunday 29th March, at Guy’s Campus, KCL, London. The weekend will feature seminars with leading academics, activists […]

The death of the Marine and General Mutual

An interesting little story of the transience of corporate life here. The country’s oldest company is about to disappear: An insurance firm that can claim to be the oldest registered British company still in existence is about to disappear, following a takeover by Scottish Friendly. Marine & General Mutual was incorporated in 1852 as a […]

Subsidising green tech could be self-defeating

One of the only arguably beneficial impacts of taxing petrol as heavily as the government does is, theoretically, to encourage the production of ‘fuel-efficient’ vehicles. A tax on fuel increases its price and consumers will seek fuel-efficient alternatives to current vehicles. This increased demand has encouraged car manufacturers to develop vehicles that are more fuel-efficient. […]

Minimum wages encourage hostility towards migrants

Having a minimum wage is what makes ‘illegal immigration’ feasible. Most illegal immigrants are unskilled, poorly paid workers; Epstein & Hezler (2013) say that “Minimum wages play an essential role since they put a limit on local workers’ and legal migrants’ wages. Thus, under certain circumstances, the probability of employing illegal workers is increased.” Incidentally, […]