A Plague on All our Houses

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.  The housing crisis is both acute and chronic. Why? Local councils are partly to blame: for decades they have not increased the supply of council houses, while their deliberately complicated approval procedures obstruct private building companies. Iniquitous stamp duty doesn’t help and neither does buy-to-let. Continue reading

WATCH: Andrew Allison discusses Theresa May's future and Brexit

Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns, discussed Theresa May's future and Brexit in a four way discussion on TRT World.  Continue reading

Budget Response: Hammond is Osborne 2.0

The Budget has been delivered and the talking heads are squabbling over what it means.  In broad terms, however, it confirms Hammond to be one thing: Osborne 2.0. Continue reading

The Tories have not merely slipped half-forgetfully into socialism, they have seized on it with relish

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.  Theresa May’s brand of conservatism has been called “socialism lite.” This is unfair to her. Perhaps it used to be socialism lite, but it now shows every sign of turning into socialism ‘evvy. The latest wheeze takes the form of a bribe as the Tories hope to grab the young voters by offering cheaper rail travel. But this is only a gimmick, a sideshow. Across the whole range of economic policies, the government looks increasingly left wing: not far off Miliband’s 2015 election manifesto and certainly well to the left of anything produced by Harold Wilson or Jim Callaghan in the 1960s and 1970s. Continue reading

'State of the Vaping Nation' Report formally launched

I had the pleasure of attending a reception in Parliament yesterday organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for E-cigarettes. The purpose of the reception was to formally launch the APPG's new report, 'State of the Vaping Nation'.  Continue reading