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Manoeuvring the Benevolent Laissez Faire conference

Since Brian is busy exploring rooftops and mountains in the south of France, it is my turn to be “nudged” by conference organiser Simon Gibbs whose event is running this Saturday (May 14th).

As Brian predicted Simon has indeed been busy, not least sorting out a new venue – De Morgan House, on Russell Square. Problems with a floor, or something. Make sure you go the right place.

It is also interesting that the event has won over a new speaker – Syed Kamall. Syed has always kept good company by attending the right events and has impeccable free-market credentials. That he has made it to quite a senior position and is continuing to speak at such events is a compliment to the man.

In case you never heard of him, he has been MEP for London for years, rose to chair a bit of the EU parliament, and lately stood against green lunatic Zac Goldsmith for the Tory mayoral nomination. He would have made a much better candidate. He also, amusingly, pissed off the right people, including David Cameron and his own EU counterpart Guy Verhofstadt (triggering the Daily Mail to use a big red warning).

Syed is very serious about making sure his constituents know how to solve problems without relying on people like himself – solving their problems outside politics. That he is coming to say this at “Benevolent Laissez Faire” is a great compliment to the event. Fair enough: under one roof are Syed, two blockchain-enabled anarchists, the second most senior Randian, and a certain “Doctor Anton Howes” (whose name sounds familiar).

Looks like a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

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4 comments to Manoeuvring the Benevolent Laissez Faire conference

  • It was not me that sorted the venue problem, but my accomplished wife Devika – without whom life would be dull and horrible.

  • Snide

    Bollocks 🙁 I’d love to be there but otherwise engaged 🙁

  • Rob Fisher (Surrey)

    Also really want to go to this but looks like I might struggle…

  • Rich Rostrom

    Re Syed Kamall: one wonders how much better he would have done than Goldsmith among London’s Moslems. I don’t suppose he could do worse. One presumes that being a Moslem and not a Jew would be an advantage there.

    OTOH, Khan would still be the candidate of the jihadis, Islamists, and Jew-baiters, while Kamall would be what Khan calls an “Uncle Tom”. If there was no difference, it would show the strength of such sentiments.