Peers vote to bankrupt the free press

On the day we have announced a new eighth principle of a free society -  a free press and other media - Peter Mullen has written a timely article about those Peers who voted yesterday to restrict press freedom.  If, along with millions of others, you enjoy reading your local paper every morning, make the most of it because you might not have a local paper for much longer. For last night the House of Lords scandalously voted to restrict press freedom yet further. The vote was on an amendment to Section 40 of the Government's Data Protection Bill which will make newspapers face huge bills in data protection disputes. Under this proposal, newspapers not signed up to a state-supported regulator would have to pay their opponent's legal costs, even if they were successful in court. Continue reading

Treat yourself to these wonderful Jacob Rees-Mogg cufflinks!

One of Westminster’s finest MPs, Freedom Association Council Member Philip Davies, has had the brainwave of producing these magnificent, British-made cufflinks, in honour of his fellow Brexiteer, The Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP. One link depicts Jacob, whilst the other features Jacob’s brilliant line, “I’m all in favour of nannies, but not the nanny state” (Conservative Blue text on a white background). Continue reading

Public Health England once again backs e-cigarettes

Public Health England (PHE) backed e-cigarettes as a quit aid during its 'Stoptober' campaign last year. It teamed up with the independent British Vape trade Association (IBVTA) during that campaign.  The Vaping Post reports that PHE has once again teamed up with the IBVTA this month as it launches another campaign. Here's an extract: Continue reading

The Freedom Association's response to Theresa May's reshuffle

Responding to Theresa May's Government reshuffle, Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association, said: "After yesterday's onmishambles of a cabinet reshuffle, the Prime Minister will have been hoping for better headlines today as she reshuffled her junior ministerial team. I doubt she'll get any.  Continue reading

It's not the economy, stupid!

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.  The heart is always gladdened when someone in authority makes a definite and determined statement. So congratulations are in order for Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, who stated in his election manifesto of 2016: “I shall challenge gang culture and knife crime head on.” Well said, Sir! So how’s he doing at the end of his first year in office? Homicides in London rose by 27.1%. Youth homicides increased by 70%. Serious youth violence is up 19%. Robbery up 33.4%, while home burglaries rose by 18.7%. That’s a remarkable increase in serious offences of all sorts. But there’s more… Continue reading