Parliament is once again being dragged through the mud. It's time to lance a few boils

Sex scandals have since time immemorial been meat and drink to the media. When the unredacted list of Conservative MPs who are allegedly guilty of sexual impropriety was published on social media, I made sure I looked at it. Much of it was nonsense - just unfounded gossip, some of which is potentially libellous. Some of the MPs listed were certainly guilty of being crass, whilst others really do have a case to answer. In short, it was what I expected. What concerns me most, though, is the damage all of this is doing to Parliament's reputation.  Continue reading

Peter Mullen: Trying to be cheerful

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.  There was a spectacular sunrise over the sea this morning in Eastbourne, so I got out of bed early and, with as much cheerfulness as I could muster, prepared myself for another day in the asylum. It’s getting so you daren’t open the newspaper or switch on the BBC propaganda machine for fear of cracking up completely and running out into the street shouting, screaming and foaming at the mouth. Continue reading

"Lift EU regulations to let vaping flourish after Brexit", says new IEA report

In an excellent new report published today, Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), has called for the damaging regulations imposed on vapers and the vaping industry in the European Union's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) to be scrapped post-Brexit. Click HERE to read the report.  Continue reading

This is much more sinister than just Generation Snowflake

One of our members, Bill Etheridge MEP, was booked to be the first speaker at the newly formed 'Liberate the Debate' Society at Sussex University. According to the Telegraph, the society has been set-up by politics students who want to promote free speech and discuss controversial or “conventionally taboo” topics. Instead be being allowed free debate, the Students' Union gave the society a list of instructions that they must obey. One of those instructions was that Bill's speech must be approved by a panel in advance. The Telegraph goes on to say: Continue reading

Our three healthcare dogmas

The following article is by Dr Timothy Tomkinson, a doctor currently working in the NHS.  “The NHS is the closest thing the English have to a religion”, so said Nigel Lawson in a statement which appears more true now than ever before. With topics polarising the country from Brexit to the national parties at large, arguably the most enduring national issue somehow still remains unaddressed. Whenever we talk about the NHS (which is a rare occurrence), we do so in ideological tones. Generally each discourse involves a small pre-amble about how great the NHS is, swiftly followed by praise for all the hard working doctors and nurses, and then culminates in a banal statement which is either so vague as to be meaningless or so dogmatic as to be grounded in nothing more than pure wishful thinking. Continue reading