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Libertarian Group Aims to Influence Immigration, Climate-Change Policies

Libertarians are known more for their provocative ideas than their ability to get those ideas enacted into law. The Niskanen Center, a new Washington-based think tank, is trying to change that.

Tory MP ‘plotted to knock over’ BBC cameraman

Michael Cockerell’s new documentary series inside the House of Commons saw the reporter gain unprecedented access to parliament. However, while many MPs were keen to be involved, a group of Tory MPs… Continue reading The post Tory MP ‘plotted to knock over’ BBC cameraman appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Democrats Worried About Koch Money

“Democratic lawmakers say they are deeply worried about how much money Charles and David Koch plan to spend on the 2016 elections,” The Hill reports. “The billionaire brothers have played a massive role in GOP politics in recent years and [...] The post Democrats Worried About Koch Money appeared first on Political Wire.

Want To Shovel Snow For Money? There’s A Permit For That

A few entrepreneurial teens in Bound Brook, NJ, learned in a valuable lesson in government dominance Bound Brook cops stop teens seeking snow shoveling work School was closed for the

Pay Discrimination

Here's an extract from Scotland's 1999 Single Status (Equal Pay) Agreement dealing with the treatment of bonus payments. "BONUS""21. It is important to emphasise that bonus schemes may not in themselves be discriminatory provided they meet real business objectives and access is available to all. Show More Summary

Labour and Equal Pay

I read in the news the other day that David Hamilton, the Labour MP for Midlothian, is standing down at the next election and the Guido Fawkes web site has an interesting story about who might replace this veteran politician, a former miner. Show More Summary

Have MPs run out of things to do?

Shortly after five o'clock on Tuesday, a milestone was reached in the House of Commons. Government business for the week was concluded. Parliament has continued to meet, with ministers facing questions and MPs debating opposition and...Show More Summary

Lib Dems seek guarantees on future of ‘lifeline’ bus service

Liberal Democrats on both sides of the Tamar have joined together to try to secure the future of a vital cross-border bus route. It comes after residents across North Cornwall and West Devon raised fears about the future of the 510 route connecting Wadebridge, Camelford, Launceston, Okehampton and Exeter. Show More Summary

Grassley and Leahy challenge Big Brother, question new domestic-surveillance programs

The heads of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week challenged Big Brother with the latest in a series of letters to the Obama administration questioning controversial new methods for domestic surveillance. On Wednesday, Sens. Charles...Show More Summary

'If you're in a hole, stop digging'

It's known as "Healey's law" or "the first law of holes". When you're in a hole, stop digging. It's usually sound advice for politicians, although the transcript of yesterday's BBC interview with Lord Wigley suggests even experienced...Show More Summary

Thursday Morning Open Thread: American Family Association (Sort of) Ditches Bryan Fischer

@jbarro yes, Fox News' Todd Starnes. Said he is "One of the most intelligent talk show hosts in the country" http://t.co/wkDpchF45h — Jeremy Hooper (@goodasyou) January 29, 2015 Hat tip, commentor Howard Beale IV. Per Mediaite: Rachel...Show More Summary

Green MP hides mention of party from campaign literature

The Greens may be in the middle of a national ‘surge’, with more than 50,000 members, but in one part of the country, their brand isn’t particularly trendy. In Brighton,… Continue reading The post Green MP hides mention of party from campaign literature appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Strange Priorities

Here's an interesting 'tidbit' from the BBC regarding the politics of Greece - one of the five major policy priorities of Syriza which is the largest party of the new Greek Government. Apparently Syriza is intent on scrapping a unpopular...Show More Summary

Dress Sense

Good for Michelle Obama in deciding not to cover her head with a headscarf while visiting Saudi Arabia - not so much a sign of disrespect, rather a signal to friendly Islamic countries that their practices and customs should be applied in a tolerant manner, especially in respect of others who do not share their religious beliefs. Show More Summary

Labour Mayors

No sooner has one Labour Mayor published a book spilling the beans on Ed Miliband than another defects to UKIP. First Doncaster, now Durham - where will it all end? Labour mayor of Bishop Auckland defects to Ukip claiming 'the partyShow More Summary

More Balls

With 100 days to go until the general election a Sky News projection suggests that the most likely outcome is another hung parliament at Westminster with Labour as the largest party, but the SNP with 53 seats. The Labour leadership,Show More Summary

The horrors of concentration camps

Seventy years on from the liberation of Auschwitz, Roman Kent, who was 12 when he was sent there, wept as he implored the world not to allow anything like that… Continue reading The post The horrors of concentration camps appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Desperate Times

The Telegraph's Scottish editor Alan Cochrane takes the Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy to task over his rather silly efforts to portray himself as a different kind of 'Unionist' - not just any old 'Unionist' but a trade unionist born out of a tradition of socialist solidarity. Show More Summary

Coming soon: David Cameron’s obituary

Isabel Oakeshott has gone to such lengths to get close to David Cameron for the biography she is helping Lord Ashcroft write that she has even been pictured following him… Continue reading The post Coming soon: David Cameron’s obituary appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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