The Gladstone Club is a forum which welcomes all those who wish to engage in political discussion and question the ideas and policies of the day. We are radical in the sense that we wish to penetrate the ‘roots’ of issues without the ties of party loyalty and political correctness. Members are drawn from across the political spectrum and are of all ages.

Recent events...

13th November 2017


Is Income Tax Fit for Purpose?

Speaker: Don Draper
Venue: National Liberal Club
Time: 7pm
Details: The Treasury will shortly announce its Autumn Budget. One significant source of revenue is income tax. But what is its purpose? Is it purely a source of revenue or is its purpose to engineer fairness and a more equitable society? Since the introduction of independent taxation in 1990 families have significantly shouldered a greater burden of taxation than single taxpayers without children and greater than any of their counterparts in Europe. A family with a median income ends up paying three times as much income tax as a single person with a median income. A British family with an income of £36,000 pays 15 times as much tax as a Germany family. Nobody is talking about this. Should they be doing so? These issues are unlikely to be addressed in this month's Budget.

We are joined by Don Draper who has devoted his working life to tax policy first at the Inland Revenue, then with PricewaterhouseCoopers and the campaign group ‘CARE’. His special interest is in how tax is reshaping families and he campaigns for reform.

16th October 2017


Surreal politic

Speaker: Robert Hutton
Venue: National Liberal Club
Time: 7pm
Details: A lot changed in a summer in the direction of the surreal …

Corbyn electable. May autumnal. Remain deserts Libdem. UKIP votes Liberal …

What next? This week could be the book of Ruth. Or possibly Jacob. Old wine new bottles?

The Gladstone Club is delighted to invite surrealpolitik’s official biographer, political journalist and satirist Rob Hutton, to explain what’s going on and what will happen next.
What kind of austerity includes £70bn deficit?
Brexit : is it soft, hard or easy over?
Tuition fees : are they the new poll tax?

We look forward to seeing you …

12th June 2017


What happened to the Brexit election?

Venue: National Liberal Club
Time: 7pm
Details: What happened to Theresa May’s landslide?

What happened to liberal democracy? Mrs May talked of tearing up human rights if need be to combat terror, Tim Farron advocated a liberal application of TPIMs (home curfews and ankle tags) for the 3500 muslims on the terror 'watch list’, George Orwell’s 1984 is back on the bestseller list.

What happened to intergenerational equity? Was funding elderly care out of inflated house price assets the liberal ideal of land value capture creatively interpreted? Was it ‘death at the polls’ as always predicted? Did Mrs May's U-turn irreparably damage her blue stocking CofE credibility? Did Mr Corbyn’s promise on tuition fees, Nick Clegg’s nemesis, bring out the young?

What happened to Qatar?

How do we vote? On Brexit? On the leader? For a local MP? With our wallet? By tribe? Do personalised leaflets addressed to us by first name influence us? Sir Lynton Crosby says when reason and emotion collide emotion wins. Did it?

A few of us are getting together on Monday to have a go at ordering our thoughts. Do come and join us.


13th March 2017


Land Value Mischief

Speaker: Professor Wyatt
Venue: National Liberal Club
Time: 7pm
Details: London needs more houses apparently and last month the Mayor of London agreed that ‘a Land Value Tax would bring forward land for development’. If a pilot of the policy proceeds at Old Oak Common campaigners may celebrate the biggest step toward economic justice in a century.
Professor Peter Wyatt acknowledges ‘the general theoretical case for taxing land values has been made by leading economists.' but warns ‘the case for retrospective implementation...is not so clear, particularly in a political economy that has been and continues to be shaped by a land-owning aristocracy and a property-owned democracy.’
Newcomers to Land Value Taxation are invited to discover a radical reform that cuts through the bindweed of left-right politics. Seasoned campaigners inured to electoral apathy and incomprehension will be intrigued to encounter a thoughtful case against based not on political expediency but on the principle of prescription.
A Peelite Coalition?
Balanced budgets, employment & growth
Barack Obama
Bigger Better Faster More - the housing market
Breakdown of the Family
Drugs, the Underclass
Electoral reform. AV Referendum
France & Britain: Our Culture
Freedom Under the Common Law
International Aid and the 2004 Tsunami
Land Values
Left/Right Politics
Lords Reform
Money as Debt
People Power Across the Arab World
Political Correctness
Public Revenue & Taxation
Renegade Economics
Talking to Terrorists
The 2010’s a mid-term review: Sir Anthony Seldon
The Battle of the Economists
Too many laws
Vince Cable & the Economic Crisis
Words Words Words
National Liberal Club
Tim Farron Speech at Gladstone Club Transcript
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