On Thursday 23rd June, the UK undertook a project of direct democracy: a referendum on its membership to the European Union. The result was a 51.9% vote for leaving the EU, a fact we should not ignore. It was a vote, on a day, saying a narrow majority of the British people who voted wanted… Continue reading What should a democracy look like?
A Guardian columnist named George Monbiot is arguing for more referendums in the UK. His reasoning is pretty good: the problem with the EU Referendum was that it was a large, complex question boiled down to two answers given to a populace inexperienced in referendums. Referendums, especially significant ones, shouldn’t be a ‘learning-on-the-job’ experience; the… Continue reading The Brexit vote teaches us that we should be practicing how to do referendums
After an event of gun violence, people naturally tend towards asking whether guns should be more tightly restricted. Many people believe that the tools that allow ill-intent to become highly efficient killing should be restricted. Many other people believe that their right to self-defence simply comes with a cost like this and is worthwhile. Some… Continue reading The Right to Bear Arms
Like many countries, the UK has a few people the media loves to put a microphone and camera in front of and listen to their opinion, no matter how uninformed or lacking in nuance it is. One such person in the UK is Katie Hopkins. She was interviewed outside the Conservative Party Conference about her… Continue reading Brexit and a response to Katie Hopkins
As a Remainer who has stated that the Brexit Referendum was not constitutional, as a liberal parliamentary democracy, my summary of the where the UK stands won’t be appreciated by many. This is unlikely to be considered an impartial summary of how Brexit has gone so far. But I do think it’s worth looking at… Continue reading Brexit: where we’re at
There are a few things about slavery trades over the last few centuries we can agree on: they are another blot on Western history’s rather questionable moral history, perhaps being the most obvious. That it was bad is rarely questioned. Sure, there are historical moral relativists who question whether we should hold old cultures to… Continue reading Should Today’s Generation Make Amends for Slavery
Basic universal income is the idea of the state giving unconditional, significant and regular income to its citizens. It is a socialist idea, you can’t get away from that. But the question is whether it is a good thing. I think there are both good economic and social reasons for a basic income. It worth… Continue reading Should the State Give ‘Basic Universal Income’