"Lift EU regulations to let vaping flourish after Brexit", says new IEA report

In an excellent new report published today, Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), has called for the damaging regulations imposed on vapers and the vaping industry in the European Union's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) to be scrapped post-Brexit. Click HERE to read the report.  Continue reading

This is much more sinister than just Generation Snowflake

One of our members, Bill Etheridge MEP, was booked to be the first speaker at the newly formed 'Liberate the Debate' Society at Sussex University. According to the Telegraph, the society has been set-up by politics students who want to promote free speech and discuss controversial or “conventionally taboo” topics. Instead be being allowed free debate, the Students' Union gave the society a list of instructions that they must obey. One of those instructions was that Bill's speech must be approved by a panel in advance. The Telegraph goes on to say: Continue reading

Our three healthcare dogmas

The following article is by Dr Timothy Tomkinson, a doctor currently working in the NHS.  “The NHS is the closest thing the English have to a religion”, so said Nigel Lawson in a statement which appears more true now than ever before. With topics polarising the country from Brexit to the national parties at large, arguably the most enduring national issue somehow still remains unaddressed. Whenever we talk about the NHS (which is a rare occurrence), we do so in ideological tones. Generally each discourse involves a small pre-amble about how great the NHS is, swiftly followed by praise for all the hard working doctors and nurses, and then culminates in a banal statement which is either so vague as to be meaningless or so dogmatic as to be grounded in nothing more than pure wishful thinking. Continue reading

Why does it cost taxpayers £55K per successful quitter in Hammersmith & Fulham?

Harry Phibbs, over at ConservativeHome, revealed yesterday that is costs around £55K to get someone to quit smoking in Hammersmith and Fulham. You read that correctly. Harry is a councillor there. Here's what he found out: "Thrive Tribe is given £1.19 million from my Council’s Public Health budget “for the provision of a stop smoking (quits and prevention) service”. The contract was from 01/01/2014 – 31/12/2017. "So how many have quit? Continue reading

Listen: Should Katie Hopkins be banned from speaking at Lewes Speakers Festival

The answer to that is, of course, no. And that is what Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns, said on BBC Sussex this morning. Just because you dislike someone's views doesn't give you the right to ban them.  Continue reading