Protectionism never works. It's time for the USA to realise this

The main news story this morning is the decision of the US authorities to impose a 220 per cent tariff on the imports of C-Series jets made by Bombardier in Northern Ireland. Bombardier is a major employer in Northern Ireland and 1,000 jobs are linked to the C-Series jet. This tariff has been imposed because Boeing complained that Bombardier gets unfair state subsidies from the UK and Canada. This tariff could triple the cost of the C-Series jet in the US, and you don't need a Ph.D to work out what that means: Bombardier will no longer be able to complete in the US market. This is protectionism, and protectionism always comes back to bite you when you least expect it.   Continue reading

Pennsylvania's dead hand of the state

The father of modern economics, Adam Smith, spoke of the invisible hand of the free market to describe the unintended social benefits of individual self-interested actions. With markets so heavily regulated now, the invisible hand is getting harder to spot. What we are more likely to see is the dead hand of the state intervening in markets, doing untold damage in its wake. This is what has happened in the US State of Pennsylvania.  Continue reading

An ambitious speech but will the EU listen?

Theresa May’s speech in Florence this afternoon was said to be her most significant speech on Brexit since what she delivered earlier this year at Lancaster House. Rory Broomfield, Director of Better Off Out, responds: Continue reading

Freedom to Vape welcomes Public Health England's endorsement of vaping in 'Stoptober'

Responding to the news that Public Health England will be endorsing vaping products in its Stoptober campaign for the first time, Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association, said: "Whilst we do not think that smokers should be forced to quit, and should certainly not be treated like second class citizens, those who do wish to stop smoking are more likely to do so by vaping. It is encouraging that Public Health England has backed up its previous advice by formally endorsing e-cigarettes in its Stoptober campaign for the first time.  Continue reading

Comment: Theresa May’s Florence speech must paint a positive vision for the UK’s post-Brexit future

Writing today for Brexit Central, Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association, argues that Theresa May's Florence speech must paint a positive vision for the UK's post-Brexit future.  Continue reading