More hyperbole from the London Evening Standard

Today’s leader column in the Daily Osborne London Evening Standard ends with this: "There is no escaping the simple economic truth: outside of a customs union, the cost of the things we buy will go up. The opportunities for British firms to sell abroad will be reduced. Britain will have consciously engaged in the biggest act of protectionism in our history." Continue reading

More PHE support for vaping, but e-cigarettes should not be available on the NHS

It is very good news that Public Health England (PHE) is being more supportive of vaping. Very good news indeed. It wants hospitals to be able to sell e-cigarettes and also it encourages hospitals to introduce vaping areas, even in private rooms for patients who are in hospital for a long time.  But the call for an easier route for manufacturers to get a medicinal licence is unnecessary.   Continue reading

Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918

On 6 February 1918, the Representation of the People Act 1918 received royal assent. The main focus today, quite rightly, is that women, for the first time, were entitled to vote at elections. But what should not be forgotten is that millions of more men were also allowed to participate in the December 1918 general election as a result of changes made.  After the Third Reform Act of 1884, only around 60 per cent of male householders had the right to vote. In 1912, 7.7 million men were entitled to vote. The size of the electorate almost tripled to 21.4 million in 1918. All of this, of course, was as a result of the Great War. If you risked your life for King and country, it was reasonable to expect that when you returned home you had the right to vote in elections.  Continue reading

Anti-fascists are today's fascists

The following article is by Dr Timothy Tomkinson, a doctor currently working in the NHS.  What an interesting little parallel there is between the ignominious sights in UWE last week, and a few paragraphs in an Orwell book from 1939: Coming up for Air. It is now a familiar sight, when someone expresses views clashing with those of the radical Left, a small number of the latter will invariably appear in balaclavas to hurl abuse and disrupt things. At face value this is clearly comical. It underlines perfectly the lack of intelligence possessed by someone if they are unable to engage in persuasive rhetoric. This is especially so as they claim that the speaker, Mr Rees-Mogg, is a “fascist”, a “homophobe” and a “racist”. If these accusations were true they would surely be very easy to defeat with simple debate and exposing the ideas for what they are. When an ideology lacks substance, only then do you defend it, as John McDonnell has done, by calling for Direct Action rather than debate. Continue reading

Newly-imposed censorship at Manchester Art Gallery

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.  Manchester Art Gallery has removed a pre-Raphaelite painting which depicts naked water nymphs seducing a man. Hylas and the Nymphs, painted by John William Waterhouse in 1896 is a famous Victorian painting, but its erotic content - combined with the rise of the #Metoo movement and the recent expose of the President's Club - has prompted curators to take the artwork down. A statement on the gallery's website said they removed the painting, "To prompt conversation about how we display and interpret artworks in Manchester’s public collection." "This gallery presents the female body as either a ‘passive decorative form’ or a ‘femme fatale.’ Let’s challenge this Victorian fantasy!" Continue reading