Author Archives: tariqdesai16

Facebook, a corporate government

Western democratic governments are generally subject to rules that hold them to account when they overstep the mark, ensuring that the government does not arbitrarily decide who speaks and what we say; a government cannot shut down a newspaper because it doesn’t like what it says. Facebook has no such restrictions.

The Road to Serfdom

Democracy was fought for to give us all a voice, all a say in how things should be done, a share in the sovereignty of the nation. It emerged to make us all masters of our destiny. By enfranchising all of us, it makes sure that no one becomes a serf again.

The election of Philip Davies to the Women’s and Equalities Committee is an inspired choice

Philip Davies has been elected to Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee. Many people have expressed outrage that someone who complained that ‘feminist zealots’ are trying to stir up trouble, or who suggested that more women should be sent to prison, has been elected to a committee that looks to highlight issues that women and minorities […]

The riots show us that our prison system must change before it’s too late

What do we want from our prison system? The two recent prison riots in Kent and Birmingham have brought this question to the fore again. These riots are the culmination of a deteriorating prison service, with massive staff shortages since G4S took over, overcrowding and eating next to “unscreened” toilets. A staff member at wormwood […]

Why you should support the unions in their strikes

This Christmas period the UK will be hit by a wave of strikes in the transport and postal sectors. This will cause massive amounts of inconvenience to Joe Public, and risks making this a fitting Christmas for 2016. Understandably, people are annoyed, and they have got lots of airtime in the media. Which is the […]

What the internet shows us about anarchy

What would the world be like without borders, without states, without governments? A world with no taxes, no police, no social housing. Rather than going down the pub and talking to the resident anarchist, there may be an easier, and more instructive, way to find out. Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, has called the […]

On Aleppo

In the face of this bloodshed, this loss of humanity, of civilians being shot in their own homes by pro-Assad forces, can it really be right that non-intervention is always the correct answer?