Votes for Prisoners?

Today, I wrote an article for the Daily Telegraph, setting out the case against giving prisoners the vote. Parliament will get a free vote on this debate next week, initiated pursuant to a new back-bench procedure introduced by the coalition. You can read the article here … along with comments by John Hirst, the original […]

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EU Budget Debate

Yesterday, Parliament debated the EU budget, set to rise by 2.9% with Britain paying £7.7billion this year. I abstained on the vote – i.e. refused to vote in favour of the budget – for two reasons. First, the government had itself voted against the rise with 6 other countries in August (but was outvoted under […]

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Keeping an eye on the Swedes

Sweden is one of those countries it pays to keep an eye on. Run (until relatively recently) by social democrats, with high levels of taxation, a competitive economy and high social mobility, it appeared to defy gravity – and the debate between economic liberals (like myself) and socialists or social democrats. In short, it was […]

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