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The death knell for ID cards

Our pledge to scrap the National Identity Register and ID cards is one step closer to fulfilment. The Immigration Minister, Damian Green, gave a statement to the House yesterday confirming the process. This is encouraging news for those of us who value freedom: we now won’t have to go to prison over it. Both schemes were wholly illiberal and against the traditional sense of what it means to be British. Here is the full statement: I am today placing in the Library certificates […]

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The Financial Services (Regulation of Derivatives) Bill

Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require certain financial institutions to prepare parallel accounts on the basis of the lower of historic cost and mark to market for their exposure to derivatives; and for connected purposes. I rise not as an expert in derivatives or derivative accounting, but as someone who has wrestled with the problems of the banking system in the company of experts, both academic and […]

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ConservativeHome’s Platform: Steve Baker MP: It’s time to bring casino banking into the light

Last year, I learned how derivatives can be used by banks to manufacture the illusion of profit. Tomorrow, I am introducing a ten-minute rule bill which would bring this casino banking into the light. Read more via ConservativeHome’s Platform: Steve Baker MP: It’s time to bring casino banking into the light.

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Bank reform: a radical Conservatism

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A presentation made at Conservative Spring Forum on Saturday – Bank Reform: a radical Conservatism (PDF, 2.5MB): Thanks to all those who attended this Selsdon Group fringe and gave such warm feedback.

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IDS on welfare reform

Via The Blue Blog » Our welfare reforms will make work pay: At the election, the Conservatives made a promise to you to get Britain working. Now we are delivering on that promise. This Government is on the side of people who want to get ahead. The plans we have announced in the last few days will get people into work and will reform the welfare system to ensure that work always pays and no one can say they are better […]

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Votes for prisoners – motion carried

This afternoon, and further to our recent article, I voted to support this motion on votes for prisoners: That this House notes the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in Hirst v the United Kingdom in which it held that there had been no substantive debate by members of the legislature on the continued justification for maintaining a general restriction on the right of prisoners to vote; acknowledges the treaty obligations of the UK; is of the opinion […]

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Free Schools for the Future

N.B. The author is Tim Hewish – my Parliamentary Researcher — Steve Building on our visit to Durand Academy, I listened to Monday’s Today programme on Free Schools where the question posed was: How can the Government afford to hand out extra capital to Free Schools when the Department of Education has had cut backs? During the debate, Toby Young, founder of West London Free School, said that an average maintained school cost £36m for a four form school using […]

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Petition presented: Reform of health services (Wycombe)

Before Christmas, I directly presented to the Health Secretary a petition calling for fair funding, local control and freedom for clinical professionals in pursuit of improving health services in Wycombe. This evening, I presented a further petition to Parliament, registering our continuing concern and making the same call for reform. I am extremely grateful to all the many residents of Wycombe who chose to support these petitions. It is my sincere hope that we will make rapid progress towards a […]

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Attack of the vampire squid

As you can see, some of my Cobden Centre colleagues in finance are not afraid to call the banking system a “vampire squid”. And then along came this video as part of a campaign for bank reform: Happily, as a Director of The Cobden Centre, I am ahead of this particular curve. As I set out in this polemic, the problem with banking is that it isn’t capitalist. It is a centrally-planned, legally-privileged cartel based on a government monopoly and the […]

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For those who say our health plans were not clear from our manifesto

Before our manifesto was published, a draft appeared, chapter by chapter. Our plans for health appeared first and in some detail. I embedded the document in this website and it is still available online. Here it is: Open publication – Free publishing – More nhs One of the tragedies of the election is that it was not, in practice, the first Internet election. Had it been, the many detailed documents the Party produced might have been read…

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