The Great Repeal Bill should do what it says on the tin

On the first day, the Prime Minister launched the Brexit process. On the second day, she left it to David Davis to explain the Great Repeal Bill. As the fictional Sir Humphrey Appleby once said in an episode of Yes Minister, “I explained that we are calling the White Paper Open Government because you always dispose of the difficult bit in the title. It does less harm there than on the statute books. It is the law of Inverse Relevance: the less you intend to do about something, the more you have to keep talking about it.” Continue reading

The Freedom Association responds to Philip Hammond’s NIC U-Turn

Responding to the announcement this morning from Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, that the proposed rise in Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (NIC) has been scrapped, Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns of the Freedom Association, said:   Continue reading

Another victory for the Luddites

I reported recently that another indoor vaping ban in public places was on the cards in the USA. Unsurprisingly, it happened. Very soon, vapers in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, will have even more restrictions placed upon them. For those interested in such matters, the vote was split down party lines.  Eight Democrats showed their Luddite tendencies, whilst five Republicans voted in favour of vapers' rights.  I have no doubt that this ban will encourage other U.S. counties to do the same. 

Budget NIC rise is an attack on aspiration

I am suffering from a slipped disc and sciatica at the moment, but I am lucky. Not lucky to be in so much pain, but to be employed. What is more, I also (mainly) work from home, so I don’t have a tiresome commute each morning and evening. I also benefit from all the protections of being employed such as paid annual leave and sick pay Continue reading

Another vaping ban on the cards in the United States

In August last year, I wrote about a meeting of the Allegheny County Board of Health which held a public hearing to help decide if there should be a ban on the indoor use of e-cigarettes in public places. Here is an extract: Continue reading