Murder Most Avoidable

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.  Fifty-one – and counting - people murdered in London since the beginning of the year. The Metropolitan Police must be very concerned. But Commissioner Cressida Dick insists, “This is a horrible, horrible spate of deaths but there is no crisis.” What would be a crisis Ms Dick – a hundred deaths, two hundred? Well, you’re in charge, so what do you intend to do about it? She answers: “We need to reduce the number, particularly the number of young people, who are dying in street attacks.” Continue reading

WATCH: Andrew Allison addresses Fishing for Leave rally in Hull

Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association, addressed a Fishing for Leave rally yesterday (Sunday 8 April) in Hull. Click on the image below to watch the majority of his speech on Facebook.   

The Sugar Tax is only the beginning. Goodness knows where it's going to end

In an interview for BBC Newsnight yesterday, George Osborne described the Sugar Tax as "certainly one of the things I'm proudest of" during his tenure as Chancellor. Considering he said in 2010 that the deficit would be eliminated during that Parliament (what went wrong there, George?), I suppose he has to grasp at straws. But even Osborne danced around the question of whether or not the Sugar Tax would be effective. At one point he said it was one of ways to reduce obesity, not sounding sure if it would work or not. Later in the interview he said that in a year's time obesity levels will not be as high as they would have been if it had not been for the Sugar Tax. Even when they are former politicians they are still as slippery.  Continue reading

There’s no justice

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.  Is British criminal justice truly just? If it were, it would operate impartially without fear or favour and its only bias being in favour of the facts. But this is not what happens. Frequently the innocent are punished and the guilty go free. This should not happen. The matter of the fair operation of the judicial process was sorted out centuries before the birth of Christ in the opening chapters of Plato’s Republic. Here, in an argument with Polymarchus, Glaucon and Thrasymachus, Socrates describes what true justice is and how it should operate: “for the maintenance of harmony in the city.” Harmony is not served where virtue is penalised and vice rewarded, where the innocent are punished and the guilty set free. Continue reading

An Englishman's home is his castle

If a burglar broke into my home, brandishing a weapon, I would do anything that i could to defend myself. Wouldn't you? The chances are my young son would be asleep in bed. I don't want a criminal wandering around my home potentially injuring him. But if the burglar is injured or killed as a result, what protections do I have in law? Continue reading