Articles by: Dr Hamish Stewart

Grayling has failed to learn from Labour’s mistakes

Grayling has failed to learn from Labour’s mistakes

The Justice Minister, Chris Grayling, is guilty of one of New Labour’s most egregious sins, making unnecessary laws for soundbytes. The Malicious Communications Act 1988 is a monstrous pre-internet law that thoroughly criminalises vast tracts of speech, including jokes, smut, and the glorious English tradition of being thoroughly rude about people who deserve it; so long as these are done […]

by and · 21st October 2014 · Home Affairs
Maybe it’s time to believe in the Big Society after all

Maybe it’s time to believe in the Big Society after all

The Big Society, a term no longer used by the Tories or anyone else, was all about voluntarism. The idea that, after years of seemingly terminal decline, those Burkean little platoons could be reinvigorated and all sorts of social ills tamed by their hands. A rotten campaign platform, but also a difficult practical policy; the problem was that many supposedly […]