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Articles by Vincent Cooper

Vincent Cooper is a freelance writer with a particular interest in philosophy, mathematics, and economics

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    What about England’s democracy?

    To paraphrase a pertinent question posed by the philosopher Roger Scruton, what is so special about Scotland that it is allowed to decide everything by itself?

    by Vincent Cooper - 15 April 2014
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    Tony Benn: a class act

    Tony Benn’s was only ever half serious about politics. The other half was showmanship. For example, how to solve poverty? Simple: nationalise industry and the banks, join CND, cut defence and spend the money on the poor. Ta da!

    by Vincent Cooper - 23 March 2014
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    Paying for empire: Jamaica bills the British taxpayer

    Jamaica and other Caribbean nations are set to sue Britain for £4 trillion ($6.7 trn) in “unpaid wages” for slaves. Right, let's sue Italy for British slaves taken by Julius Caesar. After all, what did the Romans ever do for us?

    by Vincent Cooper - 20 February 2014
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    The car smoking ban: A cure worse than the disease

    The Left has always seen the independent family as a ‘bourgeois’ obstacle to total state control. That is what the car smoking ban is all about - political interference in private family life

    by Vincent Cooper -  4 February 2014
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    12 Years a Slave: Two and a half hours of boredom

    Melodramatic, episodic, and porno-sadisitic: 12 Years a Slave is free of historical truth and boring to boot, says a decidedly unimpressed Vincent Cooper

    by Vincent Cooper - 17 January 2014
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    Britain's proxy debate on immigration

    Britain's political class is happy to debate immigration now that the emphasis has shifted to eastern Europeans. This is merely a carefully constructed substitute debate, which allows our politicians to ignore other concerns that long predate matters related to the EU

    by Vincent Cooper -  9 January 2014
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    The unacceptable costs of British GDP growth

    Economic growth based on low-skilled, immigrant-induced population expansion can have benefits but it can be negative too, especially in a welfare-based economy. Serious, rather than hysteria-based, discussion about immigration is essential

    by Vincent Cooper -  5 January 2014
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    Old Blighty no longer a safe home

    After the terrible murder in London of soldier Lee Rigby, it's clear the public and the security services understand the Islamist threat, while the politicians have their heads buried in politically correct sand

    by Vincent Cooper - 28 December 2013
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    BBC immigration bias, but only against Europe

    We all sympathise with refugees but why do BBC journalists say it's solely our responsibility to take them in rather than, say Egypt's, or Russia's, or China's. Post-imperial guilt? Are they reporters or activists?

    by Vincent Cooper - 16 December 2013
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    The beatification of Nelson Mandela

    Western leaders hope and pray that by beatifying Mandela, by turning him into a secular saint, his strength of character will somehow live on after his death, and chaos, Zimbabwe style, will be avoided

    by Vincent Cooper - 13 December 2013
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    The Brixton slavery case: Monty Python returns?

    The case of the Brixton Maoist cult and allegations of slavery are indeed bizarre and we may never know the truth. But it is fascinating to realise that many of the leftist beliefs of that cult still inform much conventional left-wing thinking

    by Vincent Cooper - 28 November 2013
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    Immigration: A denial of democracy

    On immigration, the British political class simply ignored public opinion. And the Pakistani working classes are just as upset as the traditional "white working classes. "What does this say about our 'democracy'?

    by Vincent Cooper - 19 November 2013
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    A bad fit: Islam and democracy at home and abroad

    Democracy presupposes a pre-political order, a set of preconditions, without which democratic elections will not work to produce what we understand as a democratic society

    by Vincent Cooper - 19 October 2013
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    BBC Question Time only wants answers from the very far Left

    Millions watch the BBC's flagship "debate" programme Question Time every week. It's almost always dominated by the Left. This week was a study in shameless bias

    by Vincent Cooper -  4 October 2013
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    The poverty of modern politics: Reprising Miliband

    Labour has morphed from a workers’ party into a lifestyle choice welfare party. But Labour governments always run out of money. Miliband's would too

    by Vincent Cooper - 26 September 2013