About this site

Who are we?

We are differing voices who come together under one banner – that of liberty.

We are political and apolitical – some belong to parties, some do not. Some are self-professed libertarians, some are small “c” conservatives, some classical liberals – the names are varied.   However we all have one thing in common, a love of personal liberty; that casualty of the encroaching state as it seeks to micromanage our lives.

In his first post for this blog, luikkerland states that writing is the the first act of rebellion.

Here, then, is our defiance. Read, engage, enjoy.

Quick word about the name – we were brainstorming names and put this to the then readership, most liked it, but not all. One suggestion had been Herding Cats, and that’s what it’s been like.

36 comments for “About this site

  1. Jeremy Poynton
    April 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Looks good – and if you were to up the contrast between typeface and background (currently pale grey on white) then older readers such as myself might be able to read it more easily!

    Good luck.

  2. Jeremy Poynton
    April 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Ah! The “Reply” text box has at last appeared – it was not here earlier, which, of course, made it difficult to respond. Thanks for the prompt action on this – this combo of white background and pale typeface seems to be flavour of the many months on blogs. Typeface is small as far as I am concerned, but at least that it easy to deal with.

    I worked for a long time with the National Library of the Blind as a customer – they recommend using the W3C standards of accessibility, for presentation and readability. For the severely impaired, screen reading software such as JAWS is used, but for such as I, who wears glasses all the time and is at time stretched by screens, advice for this demographic as well.


    More to the point – good luck with the site, I have bookmarked it already.

    • April 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      Jeremy – is it now readable for you?

      James, Chuck, is there anything else that we need to do to make the site more accessible for people with vision difficulties? Noting the link Jeremy lists.

      • April 26, 2011 at 4:49 pm

        Only to up the text by one pixel but it seems to be right for normal eyes and most have the plus minus buttons. If enough come in and say it’s too small, then it can be adjusted, as the colour was.

  3. Chuckles
    April 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Most of the more recent browsers and advances in CSS/HTML mean that one can zoom text sizes to personal preferences on most websites simply by choosing + or – on a browser menu item.
    Overly small body text on a website is definitely irritating though.

    I agree that contrast is a problem on many sites, often seen as red or blue text on a black background, or vice versa. For me black on an off white or grey is pretty legible, so I’m fairly happy with what James has here.

  4. April 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Nice to see a collaborative effort like this, well done!

  5. Joe Blogs
    April 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I wish you guys would sort out your Font….It is murder on the eyes…Never heard of Verdana? Any other font, designed for PC use, would be better than currently used….

    • April 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      I use Verdana on my own site – but then, I wrote the theme, too.

  6. May 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    How should I sign up to write for you fellows?

    • admin
      May 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      I’ll talk to Longrider now and then send the details to you.

    • May 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      Check your email 😉

    • May 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      I’d be honoured to donate an occasional post if you’re looking for more contributors.

  7. nisakiman
    May 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    The site is splendid, like a blogging ‘Spiked’, and in fact it’s from its splendidness that springs my only real critisism.

    One of the great things about blogs is that people are free to comment. Sometimes the comments develop into a really interesting thread, but that can take a day or two, a long time in the life of a blogpost.

    Which brings me to my critisism, if you can call it that: there is just too much good stuff worthy of comment / debate. The comments section never has time to develop (or perhaps I don’t have time to absorb it all) because there are new blogs to read and digest.

    Is it just me? :smile:

    The layout is very sleek and easy on the eye. Altogether a well sorted site. Long may it live.

    • May 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      The answer to this is a forum, like the one I tried briefly on my site. That never took off, but we could try it here if people think it worthwhile.

  8. Paul
    May 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    One suggestion I’d like to make is that it would be much more helpful if there was a proper comments-sorting system, so that commenters would be listed by blog article on the main page. You might want a separate page for this.

  9. nisakiman
    May 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Yes, I’d thought about that, but I think even with a forum it is still a bit too fast moving, given the page size. I haven’t actually counted, but I would guess that there’s half a dozen or so posts a (24 hr) day at the mo, which means that after less than two days any given blogpost moves onto page two – and who looks at page two?

    Perhaps just making the page longer would help. People might not tend go to page two, but they mostly scroll down to the bottom of the page. If you made the page long enough for, say, three days worth of posts it would give all posts more exposure and time to develop.

    Of course, I may be talking out of my arse here :shock:, but that’s my feeling. It seems a shame that so many good posts disappear so quickly.

    Oh, and the smileys here are a bit difficult to control. When I use one the page seems to reload, leaving me at the top, and the smiley isn’t always where the cursor was when I clicked it. Or maybe it’s just my computer – it’s a few years old now… :roll:

    • nisakiman
      May 4, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      Sorry, this was meant to be a reply to LR’s comment above. Musta clicked the wrong button (Doh…).

  10. nisakiman
    May 10, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I’m still getting crashes on FF when I navigate to this site. It’s only this site that it happens, so the problem’s not this end. I’m not tech minded, so I’ve no idea why it occurs. Just thought I’d let you know.

    • sheila struthers
      June 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      Me too – just this site.

  11. David
    May 14, 2011 at 8:46 am

    This is a fantastic site and is already on my list of daily visits. The quality of the writing and subject material is superb. Congrats to all involved.

  12. June 2, 2011 at 3:15 am

    The site design is excellent and the type fine for someone who is starting cataracts. Too many sites are like fairgrounds and it’s not easy to concentrate. Well done. 😆

  13. Robert Edwards
    August 1, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I really do think that this blog will become important in terms of the National debates which we all know are coming. It’s coompulsory reading, because here, I have come across more simple common sense, beautifully written, that almost anywhere else…

  14. graham wood
    September 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Yes, as a newcomer the site is excellent and I can see that lovers of freedom will find good material here to read and ponder.

    One small point. I agree about the font criticism and it would be helpful to read all comments in a larger type and a clearer font perhaps?

    That apart,I look forward to visiting and settling on Orphans.
    Thanks for the excellent material, and good to see more vigorous opposition to the EUSSR.
    Graham Wood

  15. nisakiman
    December 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I’m still having issues with the smileys here. Not a matter of vital importance, I know, but a tad annoying nonetheless. If I click on a smiley, the page appears to reload, taking me back to the top, and when I scroll back down to my (potential) comment, the smiley is not usually where I put it (I tend to use them as addenda, often in the middle of a paragraph), and has to be dragged and dropped into place.

    Is it just me? 😯

    • December 23, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      I usually just type it. I’ll have to have a look at them.

  16. Gavin Webb
    December 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Just to let you know your rss feed is down http://4liberty.org.uk/feed/

    All the best.

    • December 23, 2011 at 7:03 pm

      19:03 Friday – working fine in my reader.

  17. Gavin
    December 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Yes, it’s working now :)

  18. nisakiman
    January 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    This vertical, page-following box with the twitter, facebook etc logos has appeared. It obscures the left side of the script. Even when minimised it obscures a third of the page. How can I consign it to the netherworld, never to be seen again?

    • January 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Just saw it, at precisely the moment when I have to shut up shop for a day or two. The short answer is to click on the minimize on the thing. the long answer is we’ll remove it if we can’t get it back below again but it will be Sunday now.

      • nisakiman
        January 21, 2012 at 8:16 am

        Well, weekend or not, it has now disappeared. My heartfelt thanks to whoever it was who disappeared it. Some things are truly irritating, and that was one of them. It was like trying to watch a tennis match through a letterbox. :roll:

  19. nisakiman
    June 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    LR, I just tried to leave a comment on your site, and I got a page telling me I’m an imposter trying to post with someone else’s details (mine) WTF? If I go to other WP blogs, my name comes up above the header because I’m logged in. It’s only your place that won’t recognise me, and thinks I’m a troll posing as nisakiman! Any idea why? Sure beats me. Same IP, logged in elsewhere in the blogosphere, PC keeps me logged in…

  20. Greg Tingey
    June 22, 2012 at 9:42 am

    You don’t appear to have a “Contact US2 window / direction / slot / whatever.

    I wish to bring to your attention what appears to be a long-standing miscarriage of justice, resulting from the actions of an apparently (& so far) unaccountable corpration / department: The Post Office.
    Incidentally, “Private Eye” has been on about this for some time.
    It concerns the apparent faults of – wait for it – a big official computer system, called “Horizon” at the GPO.
    Relevant links below …





    Have fun!

  21. Susanna Farley
    July 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    It’s all very well Labour councillor Martin Healy refusing to endorse a Tory motion to congratulate Elizabeth Windsor on her Diamond Jubilee. However, I would suggest it would have demonstrated far greater courage on his part had he refused to endorse that government’s programme for the destruction of all things public, upon which the liberty of so many of slender means depends, if he had turned rebel and refused to vote for the cuts!!

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