Find me on Facebook
Choose language and subscribe
This work by Niklas Smith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at https://niklassmith.wordpress.com/copyright/.
Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.
Who’s reading this blog?
Tag cloudarabic arab spring Arabvärlden bank of england carina liljesand carl bildt coalition dominique strauss-kahn egypt egyptian army eric pickles feminism financial times FP gothenburg opera hariri helene odenjung hezbollah inflation injunctions isaiah berlin johan norberg john hemming jonas ransgård jämställdhet kareem amer KD kvotering lebanon lib dems libel reform liberalism libya LUF magnus hedman meedan mubarak mänskliga rättigheter nasrallah nick clegg norway omvalet opera oscar wilde oslo politiska partier qe quantitative easing rape rcd ring cycle robin hood tax roman polanski secret justice seen and heard sexköpslagen socialist international sprutbyte svea hovrätt syria terrorism theatre the economist the guardian torture tunisia usa utoya utrikespolitik verdi vetenskap VGR victim blaming wagner wermland opera
Category Archives: English
Mark Thompson uses the resurfacing of an allegation that George Osborne once took cocaine to make a direct hit on the hypocrisy of British drugs laws. Clearly many people in Britain seem to expect that a politician should resign for … Continue reading
Yesterday Nick Thornsby and I were lucky enough to get letters printed in the Financial Times. Nick wrote a letter on the 50p tax rate that was published in the UK print edition. He argued that abolishing the 50p tax … Continue reading
Few things on the internet are as frustrating as a broken link to something you would like to read. This sad fate has befallen many of Nick Clegg’s early speeches, so I thought I could provide a useful service by … Continue reading
Speech by Nick Clegg at the Liberal Democrats’ Manifesto Conference, 12 January 2008 Today is a crucial step in the creation of a new liberal manifesto for Britain. Gordon Brown’s bottling of the autumn election has handed us a tremendous … Continue reading
Early in the morning of 24 August, a man was dragged out of his car by masked members of Syrian security services in Damascus. He was viciously beaten, mainly on his hands. His name is Ali Ferzat, and he is … Continue reading
As the recovery stutters in Europe and America many people (especially in the financial markets) are hoping Ben Bernanke will reflate the wheezing economy with a third round of quantitative easing (QE3). So far he has stopped short of promising … Continue reading
On Wednesday I was fortunate enough to hear two very promising young Swedish singers in recital. The recital programme is a homage to two of Sweden’s greatest classical singers: Jenny Lind (1820-1887) and Jussi Björling (1911-1960), so it was fitting … Continue reading
Since I have started writing about weighty issues of political philosophy I thought now would be a good time to explain how I define liberty. The most influential modern definition of liberty is the absence of coercion. But what this … Continue reading
What would you think of a government that engaged in this list of tyrannical activities: tortured children for lying; designed its prison specifically to suck all life and hope out of the inmates; placed citizens in that prison without a … Continue reading
Norway’s Prime Minister has vowed to fight terrorism with “more democracy”. But would he still be so keen if Norwegians voted to execute the man responsible for the terrorist attacks on Oslo and Utøya?* Democracy is the ultimate hurrah-word. It … Continue reading