The Metropolitan Police and security services did a fantastic job in Westminster yesterday

When the police gets it wrong, they are rightly criticised, but when they get it right, few seem to come forward to offer their praise. I would like to put on the record on behalf of The Freedom Association our grateful thanks to the police and security services who foiled a potential terrorist attack in central London yesterday. After witnessing their professionalism, I for one feel safer. Continue reading

Goodbye, Dr. Murthy. You won't be missed by vapers

On 7 April, I wrote this about Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the then U.S. Surgeon General:  "The fact that they are at least 95 per cent safer than combustible tobacco appears lost on Dr. Murthy. He has also concluded that exposure to second hand vapour is harmful, despite studies proving the opposite. Of all the things that young people could mixed up with, e-cigarettes are likely to be the least harmful. Although I am not advocating the use of tobacco or nicotine, the elephant in the room is that if e-cigarettes did not exist, many of those young Americans who have tried them would have gone on to smoke cigarettes. He should be grateful that this is not happening and that those young Americans who have tried e-cigarettes are not experimenting with much more dangerous drugs. But these things are always lost on the evangelical proselytising purist. Their focus is so narrow that they completely fail to see the bigger picture.  Continue reading

Press Release: Six promises for a freer United Kingdom

With the announcement by Theresa May that the Government desires a General Election on June 8th 2017, The Freedom Association believes that all parties should consider putting the following six pledges into their manifestos in order to help the UK become more confident, prosperous and free in the years to come: Continue reading

Should we ban the use of the word ‘pikey’?

I wasn’t quite asked that question during an interview for BBC Hereford & Worcester this morning, but I may as well have been. The word, I was told by someone before my interview who is a Romany traveller, is offensive. Continue reading

WATCH: Has Science beaten smoking?

At this year's Freedom Festival in Bournemouth, I chaired a panel discussion on vaping where I asked the following question: "Has science beaten smoking?" Joining me on the panel were Martin Cullip, Blogger; Angela Harbutt, Development Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA); and Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the IEA.  Continue reading