Constitutional, Legal and EU issues
By Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Martin Vickers MP, Zac Goldsmith MP, James Morris MP, Jason McCartney MP, John Stevenson MP, Craig Whittaker MP, Fiona Bruce MP, Simon Reevell MP, David Mowat MP.
If the UK is to recover and flourish, then the state must do less and individuals must have the freedom and responsibility to do more. That’s the message from a group of ten new MPs who explain how this can be done for Politeia in Freedom, Responsibility and the State: Curbing Over-Mighty Government.
From the very system of government to whether the UK will have enough energy to keep the lights on, this country suffers from too much of the wrong government. Its failings have led to malaise which inspires contempt for those who govern; damages our justice system, leaves young people unemployed and untrained to pay their way through life, and hinders our businesses. The authors* show how by trusting people more and government less, by allowing greater freedom under law, change for the better can occur.
The Independent Schools Council (ICS) has won its case and the Charity Commission has been obliged to change its guidance on 'public benefit'.
The tribunal followed Peter Luxton's argument that the Charities Act of 2006 did not change the meaning of 'public benefit'.
The Scottish question is now a matter of the highest politics north and south of the Border. But, says Politeia’s next pamphlet, Divided We Stand: Scotland a Nation Once Again?, current policy raises more questions than it answers. While the referendum on independence promised by Scotland’s ruling Scottish National Party is due in 2014, Westminster, meanwhile, puts its faith in a new Scotland Bill giving greater powers to Scotland, but within the UK.
In the UK, Free Speech has long been seen as a basic liberty. But over the years the law has become more complex. Other rights have been given legal protection, sometimes, it is feared, at the expense of free speech.
Magistrates have been at the heart of the justice system for over 600 years, dispensing justice at the local level and binding people to keep the peace. They do their work for free. The arrangement should be seen as a model for a 'big society' and the voluntary service which the Coalition seeks to promote.