Britain's railways should be fully privatised

In an excellent article in today's Telegraph, Tony Lodge from the Centre for Policy Studies, makes the case for more competition on the railways. Or as I put it, full privatisation, rather than John Major's botched privatisation that we have at the moment. Full privatisation means competition, rather than the 'take it or leave it' option most passengers have at the moment.  Continue reading

Freedom to Vape asks British Transport Police for figures on those questioned under caution for vaping on trains and in railway stations

After it was revealed last week that London Midland (which has just lost its franchise to run trains) is threatening to send vapers to court for using e-cigarettes on trains, The Freedom Association's Freedom to Vape campaign sent the following Freedom of Information request to the British Transport Police.  Continue reading

BBC talks to young Brexiteers - and it's positive

The BBC has released a video today where young Brexiteers give their positive reasons for voting Leave in last year's referendum. Very refreshing. One young woman described the EU as a "man-made bureaucratic, paper pushing hellhole" and that she is very proud that 17.4 million British people decided to stick their fingers up to the EU and walk away. Can't argue with that.  Continue reading

Google and its lack of diversity

"We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile." That quote from Star Trek came to mind after I read the memo from James Damore, the former Google employee who wrote a memo daring to criticise the company's diversity policy. Of course, if Google really valued diversity, it would accept criticism from its employees. The fact that Google fired Damore simply highlights the company's intolerance of employees who dare to offer a different approach.  Continue reading

Letter from Freedom to Vape to the Daily Mail

In response to this article in the Daily Mail on 2 August, I wrote the following letter to the newspaper last week.  Dear Sir,  I refer to your article entitled "Warning on passive vaping in bars: Second-hand smoke from devices contain toxic chemicals that can irritate your eyes and skin" (Daily Mail 2nd August).  Continue reading