The Freedom Association welcomes the Supreme Court's decision vindicating Ashers Bakery

Responding to the Supreme Court's decision yesterday, Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association, said: "We are delighted with the Supreme Court's ruling. Daniel and Amy McArthur, the bakery's owners, did not discriminate against Gareth Lee because he was gay when they refused to decorate a cake with the slogan 'Support Gay Marriage'. They are not turning away other gay customers, or treating them any differently to other customers. They are not discriminating against any of their customers in any way.  "It is a victory for freedom; for not being forced into doing something you fundamentally disagree with. It is also an important ruling that means that those of other religions will no longer be prosecuted for refusing to do something that goes against their core beliefs."  Continue reading

May's humiliation should force her to abandon Chequers

The following is an adapted version of my 'Brexit at Noon' bulletin sent to Freedom Association members today. These bulletins are sent out to members every day apart from Sundays. One of many benefits of being a member of The Freedom Association. Click here to find out more.    Anyone who has been following Brexit closely will not have been surprised that the EU rejected Theresa May's Chequers plan. The EU had already told her it was unacceptable. But perhaps what was surprising was the brutality of it all, with Pres. Macron sticking the boot in at the end. Theresa May is a stubborn woman who refuses to admit defeat. Cabinet ministers have taken to the airwaves saying that Chequers is not dead. This is the EU playing hardball. We are coming to the end of negotiations - this is to be expected. The anger Theresa May showed during her press conference in Salzburg yesterday (she was visibly shaking) highlights that the Government was not expecting the EU's reaction. It couldn't have gone any worse. Continue reading

Generation Snowflake

Freedom Association Council Member, Daniel Hannan MEP, had an excellent op-ed in the Telegraph over the weekend. Here is part of it: "The elevation of passive-aggressive victimhood has spread with astonishing rapidity over the past three years from American campuses to those in Britain, Canada and Australia. Yet it remains largely unknown in Europe, let alone further afield."  Continue reading

Rivers of blood?

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association. The former Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks, has compared Jeremy Corbyn’s remarks about Jews to Enoch Powell’s so called “rivers of blood” speech of 20th April 1968. Dr Sacks says Corbyn’s words were “divisive and hateful like Powell’s speech” and he accuses both men of “…undermining the existence of an entire group of British citizens by depicting them as alien.” Continue reading

"Government missing opportunity with e-cigarettes", says Commons Science and Technology Committee

Responding to the positive report on e-cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns for The Freedom Association, who runs the Freedom to Vape campaign, said: "This report is very welcome. We have campaigned for over two years for the restrictions that are placed on vapers and the vaping industry in the EU's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), to be scrapped. We are pleased that the committee agrees that there is no scientific rationale behind the restrictions in the strength of e-liquid and the size of tanks. "Public Health England has described e-cigarettes as the number one quit aid in the UK. That in itself should be a good enough reason to ease advertising restrictions. We are pleased that the committee agrees.  Continue reading