Director's Bulletin, 2nd October 2012

Libertarian Alliance Director's Bulletin

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Summer is finally over. So almost is the writing of my new novel. We haven't been idle, however. Over the past few months, we've been concentrating our outreach on the Libertarian Alliance Blog. This continues to pick up readers, and is now the most active and varied libertarian blog in England. All publications listed below are on our main website, but I mostly link to their presence on the LA Blog, because that is where you can comment on them if you please.

Here we go, then, with the listing of our activites:

New Books by LA Authors

N.G. Meek: Conservative Party Politicians at the Turn of the 20th/21st Centuries.
(London, Civic Education & Research Trust, 2012, 390 pages, ISBN 9781471700804.)

The book is an objective, quantitative, multi-focus analysis of the attitudes, behaviour and background of Conservative politicians at the turn of the 20th/21st centuries. Respondents were MPs, Peers, MEPs, Scottish MPs, Welsh and Greater London Assembly members, and local councillors in Scotland, Wales and England. Topics include: business, labour relations, welfare and the economy; the environment; Britain, Europe and the wider world; the United Kingdom, ethnicity, citizenship and national identity; society and culture; the conduct of politics; the political parties; religion; the 2001 Conservative Party leadership contest; and general political ideology.

There is a foreword by Dr Syed Kamall MEP.

It is already on the shelves of leading academic institutions. It is now available for sale from Amazon and other online retailers priced £55:

The Ghosts of Athens
by Richard Blake
Published by Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 7th June 2012
Pages: 448pp
Paperback Version: £13.99
Kindle Version £5.99
ISBN: 978-1444709704

Richard Blake's new novel The Ghosts of Athens, has now been published by Hodder & Stoughton. His earlier novels have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Hungarian, Slovak and Complex Chinese. This is the fifth in his series of critically-acclaimed and internationally best-selling historical thrillers.

612 AD.

Decadent, desperate Athens is the Roman Empire’s most vulnerable city.

Aelric – senator of the Roman Empire, fresh from a bloodbath in Egypt that may or may not be regarded in Constantinople as his fault- is forced to divert the Imperial galley to Athens for reasons the Emperor has neglected to share with him.

He finds a demoralized and corrupt provincial city threatened by an army rumoured to contain twenty million starving barbarians.

Not to mention an explosive religious dispute, an unexplained corpse, and hints of something worse than murder. Is he on a high level mission to save the Empire? Or has he been set up to fail? Or is the truth even worse than he can at first imagine?

He will have to call upon all his formidable intellect and lethal ingenuity to survive his enemies inside and outside the city walls . . .

New Publications

David Davies on the death of Eric Hobsbawm: One down…only a few million to go

DJ Webb on the British Constitution: The Oaths and Vows That Bind Our Society Together

Prunella Jordaine's wildly provocative defence of freedom of speech: Vox Populi, Vox D.E.I.: Division, Derision, and the Death of Free Speech

A long discussion paper on the obscenity laws: NCROPA on “Obscenity”

A draft Freedom of Expression Bill: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION BILL

Robert Henderson on freedom of political speech: Political speech and action in Britain: What is legally permitted ?

An essay on syphilis that has nothing to do with the libertarian argument, but that is fascinating: Syphilis and Theories of Contagion

David Davies on the Football Association: The “Football Association” is now a “Court” – official.


Sean Gabb on whether British citizens should ever be extradited (especially to be raped in an American prison): Should British Citizens ever be Extradited?

Sean Gabb's obituary of David Alec Webb: Obituary: David Alec Webb, 1931-2012

A reprint of Sean Gabb on Epicurus: Epicurus: Father of the Enlightenment

Sean Gabb on the immorality of foreign aid: The Immorality of Foreign Aid

Sean Gabb on the scandal of foreign aid: The Scandal of Foreign Aid

Sean Gabb on limited liability: Thoughts on Limited Liability

Robert Henderson on the right of self defence: Killing no murder – the right of the individual to defend their home

D.J. Webb on the right of self defence: False arrest of victims

Sean Gabb on a shockingly evil suggestion: Should there be Video Cameras in School Toilets?

D.J. Webb on evil social workers: Social Worker Police State

David Davies on libertarian strategy: The allure of socialism, or “Fighting Zombies”.

Film review by Robert Henderson: Politically incorrect film reviews – The Sweeney

D.J. Webb on those wicked pictures that no true Englishman should behold: The Duchess of Cambridge’s assets

A book review by Richard Blake: Richard Blake Reviews “Sword of Marathon” by Jack England

A most unflattering review of one of Mr Blake's novels: Lucid tentacles test ‘n sleeved – Hysterical Navels: Oh Aelric!

A much nicer review of one of Mr Blake's novels: Nice Review of Richard Blake’s Συνωμοσίες στη Ρώμη

A very nice review of Mr Blake's latest: Ghosts of Athens, Reviewed by The Historical Novels Society

D.J. Webb on the British Constitution: A Constitutional Daydream

Robert Henderson on Emma West: Emma West trial adjourned for third time

Sean Gabb on the Pussy Riot convictions: Pussy Riot: From a trumpet with an uncertain voice

D.J. Webb on the House of "Lords": The Other House

Sean Gabb on Scepticism: Old Essay on Scepticism

Sean Gabb on Rape: RapeCrisis: yet another “fake charity”?

Robert Henderson on the Olympic Opening Ceremony: The 2012 Olympics and the deep sporting culture of Britain

Sean Gabb on the Olympic Opening Ceremony: The London Olympics Opening Ceremony: A Grotesque and Sinister Pantomime (2012), by Sean Gabb

In General

Some of these essays - I think in particular of Prunella Jordaine - are very controversial. However, if you believe in freedom of speech, you defend freedom of speech wherever it is attacked. You don't pick and choose. We opposed censorship in the 1980s and 90s, when it was used against pornographers and sexual minorities. We oppose it now, when it is used against political dissidents - eg, Emma West for commenting on immigration, and Babar Ahmad for running his pro-terrorist websites. Anyone who is uncomfortable with that should examine his own belief in freedom of speech.

You are welcome to comment on these essays. Our policy is never to edit comments, and only to remove them if they seem likely to get us into trouble.

Love to some of you, best wishes to many of you, greetings to the rest of you.