The Guardian: A Psychiatric Casebook

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association. In this post, Peter takes a look at The Guardian newspaper a week after it became a tabloid.  The Guardian has gone tabloid, but the change has neither remedied its intellectual deficiencies nor purged its ideological malaise. Very smart, neat presentation, but the same old shibboleths.  Murderous stabbings – what the paper calls “knife crime,” as if the knives did it – are at an all-time high in London where forty-six people under the age of twenty-five were killed in 2017 alone. This only leads The Guardian to repeat again one of its favourite mantras: “Stop and search is not the answer.” Better a plague of murders eh, than to risk being accused of racism? Continue reading

What will it take for us to have a real debate about the NHS and how it is funded?

The following article is by Dr Timothy Tomkinson, a doctor currently working in the NHS.  Walking through the Emergency Department on an average day, it is clear that the system is not coping. From both the long waiting times by each patient’s name, to the hallways filled with elderly patients on trollies, it is evident that the NHS is not keeping up with demands. Whilst we can all agree that there is a very real problem with the NHS, the big question is how we change this. Accessing any news source, it seems clear there is cross-party support for more NHS funding, as well as public opinion polls showing an equal desire – perhaps from both individual and government sources. However, in order to improve the NHS, we first need to determine the exact cause of the crisis (both in the short and long term). Therefore, we should consider a few facts: Continue reading

Corbyn’s Charmers

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association. Peter takes a look at the three new people who have been elected to the Labour Party's National Executive Committee.  While May’s so called “government” lurches from one crisis of ineptitude to the next fiasco, Jeremy Corbyn is quietly assembling his politburo – the polite name for which is Labour’s National Executive Council (NEC). One of my favourite films for a wet Saturday afternoon is Superman II in which our hero grapples with a trio of malevolent opponents. The three people appointed to the NEC last week rather reminded me of that film. They are: Jon Lansman, Yasmine Dar and Rachel Garnham who accumulated more votes than the lefty comedian Eddie Izzard. Those three are a huge force behind Labour’s shift to the hard left and their election gives Corbyn a majority on the ruling Council.  I have discovered a little about each of this trio and what they stand for…   Continue reading

WATCH: Jacob Rees-Mogg makes the moral case for free markets

  We have promoted this before, but make no apologies for promoting it again. Watch Jacob Rees-Mogg make the moral case for free markets during an Institute of Economic Affairs fringe event at last year's Conservative Party Conference.  Continue reading

The Politics of Envy

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.  “There has been grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor since the guns that allowed it were invented.” So said Edward Bromet, chairman of the Bingley Moor Partnership (BMP). But there will be no more shooting. The Labour run Bradford Council has banned it. They voted “with overwhelming majority" not to renew a ten-year shooting lease. So now who is going to pay for moorland conservation in the area? Mr Bromet said that the BMP, which has made substantial payments towards this, would have invested a further £800,000 had the lease been renewed for another ten years. Also, the moorland stood to benefit from another £1million in private investment through local partnerships. Continue reading