Review of Dr Nigel Gervas Meek’s book on the Conservative Party


Review of Dr Nigel Gervas Meek’s book on the Conservative Party

Libertarian Alliance editor Nigel Meek’s book on the Conservative Party is favourably reviewed in the forthcoming issue of Political Studies Review, one of the four journals of the Political Studies Association, the UK’s leading academic politics association.

Buy it on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/d8dzgy2. Continue reading

Living Standards in England – A Stimulus for Discussion


by Sean Gabb

One of my interests is long term movements in living standards. I have the full Phelps-Brown and Hopwood Index for the 12th to 20th centuries, but not in a form that can be easily republished. Here is a graph showing movements between the 15th and early 20th centuries.

The problems with making a long term series ought to be obvious. Even for England, we don’t have the complete data. The prices commonly used are for wholesale goods, and the most complete series of wage rates we have are for building workers in London, which may diverge for long periods from the wider average. Until fairly recently, money wages were supplemented by shifting degrees of payment in kind, and this is hard to take into account. Then we have unknown degrees of substitution between goods. Continue reading

Next Novel by Sean Gabb – any help on improving this blurb appreciated


aaaaThe Break
by Sean Gabb
Copyright Sean Gabb 2014
Pre-order here

No one knows what caused The Break eleven months ago, but there’s no sign of its end.

England is settling into its new future as a reindustrialising concentration camp. The rest of the world is watching… waiting… curious…

It’s Wednesday the 7th March 2018 – in the mainland UK. Everywhere else, it’s some time in June 1065.

Jennifer thinks her family survived The Hunger because of their smuggling business – tampons and paracetamol to France, silver back to England. Little does she know what game her father was really playing, as she recrosses the Channel from an impromptu mission of her own. Little can she know how her life has already been torn apart.

Who has taken Jennifer’s parents? Where are they? What is the Home Secretary up to with the Americans? Why is she so desperate to lay hands on Michael? Will Jesus Christ return to Earth above Oxford Circus? When will the “Doomsday Project” go live?

Can the Byzantine Empire and the Catholic Church take on the British State, and win?

All will be answered – if Jennifer can stay alive in a post-apocalyptic London terrorised by hunger, by thugs in uniform, and by motorbike gangs of Islamic suicide bombers.

From Reviews of Other Novels by Sean Gabb

“Vivid characters, devious plotting and buckets of gore are enhanced by his unfamiliar choice of period. Nasty, fun and educational.”
(Daily Telegraph)

“He knows how to deliver a fast-paced story and his grasp of the period is impressively detailed.”
(Mail on Sunday)

“A rollicking and raunchy read . . . Anyone who enjoys their history with large dollops of action, sex, intrigue  and, above all, fun will absolutely love this novel.”
(Historical Novels)

“It would be hard to over-praise this extraordinary series, a near-perfect blend of historical detail and atmosphere  with the plot of a conspiracy thriller, vivid characters, high philosophy and vulgar comedy.”
(Matt Coward, The Morning Star)

Terence DuQuesne RIP


He was a man of great brilliance and achievement, and an occasional writer for the Libertarian Alliance. I knew him less well that I wish I had. He died yesterday after an illness in hospital. I will post a regular obituary when I have further information.

E-Cigs To Be Classed As Tobacco


by Dick Puddlecote
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DickPuddlecote/~3/j5UuXE_fs_E/e-cigs-to-be-classed-as-tobacco.html

E-Cigs To Be Classed As Tobacco It appears that the World Health Organisation has jumped the shark and is now entirely under the control of their pharmaceutical industry paymasters.

Via the Financial Times, I challenge any tobacco controller to say that this is a proportionate response to something which is helping hundreds of thousands of smokers to quit tobacco. Continue reading

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John Kersey to Perform Faure and Alkan


An Afternoon with the Great Satan


I had business yesterday at the London branch of the Internal Revenue Service. This meant going inside the American Embassy – a vast, forbidding building, stuffed with armed guards and surveillance equipment. After twenty minutes of having my clothing and possessions pawed through, I expected I’d be confronted by some gloating fascist who would rip my papers across and send me back to Deal to start again. I found myself instead in the company of a rather jolly man. He confirmed I had the wrong papers with me and that I’d been given the wrong advice by everyone else. But he then filled out a long, and previously unknown form, telling me this was how to get a refund of all taxes paid to the American State and make sure I wasn’t bothered for another five years. I signed it. He stamped it. I left the building with a slightly better opinion of America than when I went in. That wouldn’t be hard, however, and I doubt it will last.

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Compulsory Mass-Medication


Elphicke