The Puritan Hypothesis and Charlie Elphicke Sean Gabb 5th November 2017
Sean Gabb with Charlie Elphicke 2017 07 01
Charlie Elphicke is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Dover and Deal. This makes him my Member of Parliament. On Friday the 3rd November 2017, he discovered – via the media, he says, not from any official notification – that he was suspended from the Conservative Party, and that the Police had been asked to investigate him. No reason for this was given. However, Mr Elphicke’s name was on a confidential list, compiled by Central Office, and immediately leaked on social media, of politicians said to be unable to keep their hands to themselves. Read more
Yesterday, Dr Sean Gabb spoke on the Stephen Nolan show, on BBC Radio 5, about a joke made by Michael Gove on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme.
Below, we have excerpted all of Dr Gabb’s comments made in that interview. If you would like to listen to them, please click on the audio file link below.
(The interviewer spent quite some time speaking to another guest, Shelagh Fogarty, both before and after Dr Gabb’s comments. If you would like to listen to the full interview, please click on this link and go to about 1:56:45.)
“Wait for Us to Fail, Then Vote BNP!”
The Conservative Hidden Agenda?
By Sean Gabb
(28th April 2010)
Additional Comment, 13th August 2017: I have just found this while tidying up some of the older posts on my website. Except I assure you the conversation took place, and took place more or less as I describe it, the account is as bizarre and unlikely as anything I have written. I was unable to explain its meaning in my first comment, made a week before the 2010 General Election. More than a decade later, I am still scratching my head. Read more
Some years ago, the Austrian School libertarian Conservative MP Steve Baker addressed a conference of the Libertarian Alliance. At this conference, Mr Baker showed himself to be a sound Austrolibertarian and a supporter of property, freedom, free trade, sound money, and peace. Mr Baker has since become a Government minister. The mainstream media [see this ridiculous article at The Independent] is now using all of its usual tactics to attempt to smear him.
The article at The Independent includes a quotation from the Shadow Brexit Secretary, Keir Starmer. Mr Starmer says that “there should be no place” for Mr Baker’s views. The Ludwig von Mises Centre disagrees; Steve Baker’s views are those which will ensure a clean Brexit is delivered.
Put succinctly at the 2010 Libertarian Alliance conference, Mr Baker believes that:
…the European Union needs to be wholly torn down.
As successor to the Libertarian Alliance, the “right-wing think tank” named in the linked article, Mises UK fully endorses the views expressed by Mr Baker in 2010. The European Union is a protectionist trade bloc with authoritarian and centralising tendencies and dangerous geopolitical ambitions; it must be wholly torn down.
Mises UK does agree, however, with one statement by Keir Starmer: “It is extraordinary that Theresa May has put such an extreme Brexiteer at the heart of the Government.” It is indeed extraordinary. And it is surely a good sign. Mises UK is proud to stand with Steve Baker.
Note: I was invited to give this speech by Patrick Sullivan. He wanted to cause a stir, and was delighted by the outrage I provoked. Here is a text of the speech I gave. And here is what now seems to be the killer quote:
Do you want a Conservative Government that will succeed? Or do you want, in twenty years time, to watch another series of documentaries in which today’s Conservative leaders – looking older and baggier – will discuss how things went wrong, and they were pushed aside by yet another Labour rejuvenation?
The General Election: Where to Go Next
by Sean Gabb
11th June 2017
Since yesterday, I have changed my mind about the result of the General Election. Or I may have changed it. Yesterday, I was ready to suggest a National Government as the only alternative to chaos. That may still be desirable – but not yet. Because I want to go to bed, I will try to be brief. Read more
NB – This essay is an entirely personal view. It does not constitute an endorsement or condemnation by the Libertarian Alliance of any candidate in the present General Election. SIG
In Limited Praise of Charlie Elphicke
by Sean Gabb
19th May 2017
Last Sunday, my daughter assisting, I delivered about three hundred leaflets in North Deal for Charlie Elphicke, my Conservative candidate in the General Election. This was the first time in thirty years I had lifted a finger for the Conservative Party. I explained the electoral system to my daughter. I canvassed a dog who tried to eat one of the leaflets. I got into a kerbside debate that may have brought over a few Labour households. It brought back memories of my youth.
When I mentioned this on Facebook, one of my friends responded that Mr Elphicke had not been a Conservative Member of Parliament of the kind I would once have let myself support. I will not quote this response. It seems to be both accurate and damning. For his lack of commitment on the European issue, Mr Elphicke would, at the beginning of the present century, have been one of the easier targets of my Candidlist project. Now, I am willing to vote and even to campaign for him. I defend my choice with these observations: Read more