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

LISTEN: Andrew Allison discusses the new 'Freedom to Vape' report on the vaping policies of UK councils

Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association, discussed the new 'Freedom to Vape' report on the vaping policies of UK councils with Andy Comfort on BBC Radio Humberside last week. Click on the image below to listen to it.  Continue reading

LISTEN: Should Paperchase have apologised for partnering with the Daily Mail?

Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns, discusses Paperchase's decision to apologise for partnering with the Daily Mail in a promotional offer.  Continue reading

You mustn't protest against mass murder

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.  As we all know, we have the great blessing of comprehensive freedom of speech in this country – but not if you wish to protest peacefully about mass murder. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has said he favours the banning of pro-life vigils outside abortion clinics. 113 MPs agree with him and they aim to set up “buffer zones” outside the clinics to prevent these protests. Already, two local authorities in England – Ealing and Portsmouth - have voted to ban these vigils by using public space protection orders (PSPO), which allow local authorities to criminalise behaviour not normally considered criminal. Continue reading