Evidence from Freedom to Vape published by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Earlier this month, on behalf of the Freedom to Vape campaign, I submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee as part of the committee's investigation into e-cigarettes.  The evidence has been published and can be read here.  Continue reading

A new Puritan Commonwealth?

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.   We have complete freedom of speech in this country. It’s just that we’re not allowed to say anything. Our politicians are forever boasting of our freedoms and telling us what a wonderful country we are privileged to live in – unlike Johnny Foreigner in any number of dictatorial regimes abroad. But this week the government has threatened – not for the first time – to invoke Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. What’s that when it’s out? Just about the most unjust and iniquitous piece of legislation you could imagine in the worst of your Orwellian nightmares. Section 40 will force newspapers to pay the legal costs of those who sue them – even when a newspaper wins the court case against its accuser. This is beyond outrageous. Continue reading

Capitalism, Wot Capitalism?

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.   “A creeping sense of hostility to business” has taken hold in the Conservative party, says George Freeman, former head of Downing Street’s policy unit. This hostility is not “creeping,” George; under Mrs May it is galloping. Last Saturday the prime minister denounced “the unacceptable face of capitalism.” I suppose her statement was a follow-up to her disastrous election manifesto which a commentator at the time described as “somewhat to the left of Ed Miliband’s.” No wonder she lost her party’s majority when she began the campaign by alienating her core supporters. Alas we now have not only an extreme socialist opposition in this country; we also have a socialist government. Continue reading

Was Trump right to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel?

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.  When the whole world rises up and rails against you, cheer up! It probably means you’re doing something right. This morning every organ from The Guardian to Hamas -whose spokesmen often seem interchangeable – to Russia Today, CNN, the EU and the EU’s spokesmen in this country who go by the name of the BBC, has condemned Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the seat of government since 1948. This is a fact. All those agencies I mentioned above are news media. If dealing in facts is not their business, then pray what is? Continue reading

It’s time to remake the case for capitalism

This is a guest post by Harry Clynch, an English undergraduate at Cambridge University, and an officer of the Cambridge University Conservative Association.  The general election was a complete travesty for the Conservative Party. Through a grossly incompetent campaign, the Prime Minister managed to squander a twenty-point lead to put the most dangerous Labour leader in the party’s history within inches of Downing Street. Of course, identity politics was a factor in this. Mrs May’s rather robotic approach to the election, and the symbolic damage done by such things as her refusal to partake in the televised debates, and her U-turn on what was already a flawed policy regarding social care (only exacerbated by her refusal to admit it even was a U-turn), always created the sense and atmosphere that the Conservatives were constantly trying to repair damage rather than guiding effortlessly towards a majority government, let along the huge Commons majority that some initially predicted. Continue reading