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Why should a politician resign for taking drugs?

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

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Two Lib Dem bloggers in the Financial Times

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

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Introducing the Nick Clegg Archive

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

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Nick Clegg Archive: Clegg calls for radical grassroots innovation in public services

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

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Shout out for Syria

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

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Quantitative easing and insanity

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

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Jenny Lind meets Jussi Björling

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

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Locke, Hobbes and two smoking barrels

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

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The liberalism of Harry Potter

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

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Liberty meets democracy: a car crash, or creative tension?

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

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