Lord Stoddart hammers ‘ill-informed and one-sided’ Police & Crime Commissioners for getting political over Brexit

The independent Labour Peer and Freedom Association Council member, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has strongly criticised the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners for their interference in the debate over Brexit.  The Eurosceptic peer described their letter to the Home Secretary as an “unwise and unpopular political intervention from an organisation representing a deeply unpopular layer of bureaucracy that has been an undistinguished addition to the cost of policing in the UK.” Continue reading

Can anyone make the mildest criticism of Islam without being labelled Islamophobic?

Boris Johnson is in trouble again. Nothing new for Boris. But this time he has been labelled Islamophobic and a racist for an article in yesterday's Telegraph where he opposed a burqa ban. He feels (as do I) that banning women from wearing the burqa in public is illiberal. He would also prefer (as I would too) women not to cover their faces. What he got into trouble for saying was that "it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes" and saying that women wearing the burqa look like "bank robbers".  Continue reading

Freedom to Vape calls on the Government to scrap vape tax plans

The Freedom Association's 'Freedom to Vape' campaign has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Health Secretary urging them to abandon plans to introduce a vape tax.  In a joint letter to Philip Hammond and Matt Hancock signed by the Institute of Economic Affairs, TaxPayers' Alliance, Centre for Policy Studies, Adam Smith Institute, New Nicotine Alliance, UK Vaping Industry Association, and The Freedom Association, the Government was reminded that it "must continue to be an international standard-bearer for harm reduction public health policy".  Continue reading

The Freedom Association responds to the Sergeant O investigation & calls on the Government to order an end to the victimisation of all former servicemen

Responding to the investigation into Sergeant O who is being investigated for the attempted murder of two protesters injured by flying debris on Bloody Sunday, Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns for The Freedom Association, said: “Sergeant O is now 76 years old. He has suffered a stroke and his wife has recently died. Despite this, the police see it fit to interview him for hours on end about events almost half a century ago, and have kept him in limbo for two years. It is a disgraceful way to treat a brave former soldier who was attempting to do his job in the most dangerous and demanding circumstances. Continue reading

Theresa May offers Brexit in name only - and the deal is only going to get worse

Responding to the proposals agreed by the cabinet at Chequers yesterday, Andrew Allison Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association, said: "What Theresa May and her fellow Remainers railroaded through cabinet yesterday - her so-called third way - could very easily be a third rail for the Conservative Party. The common rulebook for goods means that we will effectively remain in the single market for goods. It means that some 90 per cent of British businesses who do not export will have to stick to EU rules. Continue reading