James I and the duke of Buckingham: love, power and betrayal

The History of Parliament

Today is the first in a trio of blogs to celebrate LGBT+ History Month. Paul M. Hunneyball, Associate Editor of the House of Lords 1604-1629 project, kicks off with a sequel to his blog from last LGBTHM, ‘James I and his favourites: sex and power at the Jacobean Court’. In this new blog he explores the evolution of the duke of Buckingham’s position at court in the 1610s and 1620s and explores the intricacies of his relationship with James I…

Villiers, 1st duke of Buckingham, is probably best known today for his
decade-long liaison with James I. However, in historical terms he is equally
notable for being the principal court favourite of two successive monarchs,
James and his son Charles I, an unparalleled feat in Europe during that era.
When one considers the very different nature of his relationships with the two
kings, Buckingham’s achievement seems…

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Capital gains taxes: some thoughts

croaking cassandra

It is a day for repeating some material from old posts. I haven’t yet read any more than a few news reports on the Tax Working Group’s report.  But I have debated capital gains taxes for years.   This was a post on the topic from 2017.  Here was the gist of my comments.   My bottom-line is that capital gains taxes aren’t the worst thing in the world, but mostly are a distraction from what should be the real issues.

Anyway, here are some of the points I make:

  • in a well-functioning efficient market, there are typically no real (ie inflation adjusted) expected capital gains.    An individual participant might expect an asset price to rise for some reason, but that participant will be balanced by others expecting it to fall.  If it were not so then, typically, the price would already have adjusted.  In well-functioning markets, there aren’t…

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Michael-James Clifton: Parliament’s Role in Withdrawing from the EEA, and Difficulties in Ratifying the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement

UK Constitutional Law Association


The importance and role of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement has often been overlooked. Yet, as the UK exits the European Union, the question of the UK’s desired relationship with not only the EU27 but also the EEA30 has never been more live. In a previous blog post I argued that the UK has not notified its intention to leave the EEA as required. This post examines the domestic law implications of this conclusion.

On 20th December 2018, the day after Parliament rose, the Government published an ‘EEA EFTA Separation Agreement’. This was accompanied by an ‘EEA EFTA Explainer’. To date, the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement has been ‘agreed,’ but not ‘signed’. Subsequently, on 8th February 2019, the Government published another draft agreement, the ‘EEA EFTA No Deal Citizens’ Rights Agreement’.

Turning to the intended ratification of the EEA EFTA…

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Friedman Forum: The Effect of Technology on the Labor Supply of Young Men and Women

Why safe playgrounds aren’t great for kids

Day 52 of @Eugeniesage’s #plasticbagfascism: 20th and 21st bag

Blank Slate – The Modern Denial of Genetic Differences in Human Nature 3/6

Gender pay gap driven by male lawyers having no interest in work-life balance. New mothers bill 200 hours less; new fathers keep working nights and weekends as before in a rat race job

Are the French that modest



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