LISTEN: Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns, discusses security v freedom on BBC Three Counties Radio

Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association, discussed the issue of security v freedom on BBC Three Counties Radio, in the wake of more Islamist terrorist atrocities in Spain. The other guest is Professor Anthony Glees, Director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham. The presenter is Yasmeen Khan.    Continue reading

Another day, another anti-vaping scare story in the Daily Mail

There really isn't any evidence to prove that e-cigarettes encourage teenagers to smoke, and even this new research from the university of Leeds doesn't prove it. Even the researchers, according to Reuters, "urged caution in interpreting its results, noting that while e-cigarette use has increased in Britain, rates of smoking have continued to fall".  Despite this, once again the Daily Mail latches on to the story in order to spread more misinformation. I know the British Medical Journal (BMJ) press release didn't help by saying that e-cigarettes may be prompting UK teens to try smoking. But even the BMJ covered itself by saying "may".  Continue reading

Comment - Soothe the EU’s loss of Five Eyes by adding a Sixth: Ireland

Writing in City AM this morning, Rory Broomfield, Director of The Freedom Association, argues that there is a case for the UK to lobby for Ireland's inclusion into the Five Eyes Alliances.  Continue reading

Sarah Champion has been sacrificed for speaking the truth

I have long admired Sarah Champion since she became the Labour MP for Rotherham in November 2012. Even though we disagree politically on most things, she is a dedicated and hard working MP. She is certainly a breath of fresh air when compared to her predecessor in the constituency, Denis MacShane. Enough said about him, the better.  When I read her article in The Sun last week, I was pleased that someone from the left in British politics had the guts to say it as it is. It now appears that the opening words of her article were added by The Sun, however, they were only added with the permission of her office. Here are those words:  Continue reading

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